Synchronize client workstation to server time

by Wayne Maples [Published on 20 April 2004 / Last Updated on 20 April 2004]

If you have user profiles, add

NET TIME \\servertosynchwith /SET /YES

to get the date/time of the workstation which the user is using to logon, get synched up with the account domain controller. We have a satellite link to get our network time signal for the domain controllers. This can be achieved many ways using time servers on the Internet or governmental dial-up time servers.

NT clients will make the appropriate time zone adjustments if the time server is in a different time zone. Unfortunately Win95 clients don't recognize time zones making it imperative that win95 clients get their time set by servers in the same time zone.

This is a issue even within a local LAN environment because many administrators are careless about setting the correct timezone.

See TimeServ NT Resource Kit Uility set PC clock to within 10 milliseconds for setting server time.

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