How can I synchronize the time of the three (3) PC’s in my network w/c are running with WinXP SP3 to the time of the 2 Servers PC (Win 2003 server)?

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I have a small workgroup running with five (5) PC's, two (2) of which are server running with Windows 2003 Server while the rest are running with Windows XP SP3. The 2 server are equipped with IRIG-B PCI board TCR511 (MEINBERG) to synchronize their time/date with an external Master clock source. My network is not running without a domain and no internet connection. How can I synchronize the time of the three (3) PC's in my network which are running with Windows XP SP3 to the time of the 2 Servers. By the way, the 2 redundant server definitely will have the same time - in case one server is off another one still be available.

Software/Hardware used:
Windows XP, windows 2003 server

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Without a domain, you can’t setup an authoritative time server so you can synchronize your machines using 3rd party software. Usually you can get this for free. You can try Atomic Clock Sync.

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You can set your system to synchronize from NTP source(s). No third party software required. You must allow NTP through the firewall(s) on your network.

As an alternative, you could add a third party NTP service to your servers and use them as an NTP source.

A quick example script to setup NTP on a Windows XP system.

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REM Ensure the time service is setup on the client
w32TM /REGISTER

REM Set the client to client mode only!
REM Microsoft default is to as time server as well!
REM This can cause issues on your network.
REG ADD “HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\Config” /V “AnnounceFlags” /T REG_DWORD /D 0 /F

REM Set the service to auto start
SC config W32Time START= Auto

REM Start the service
SC start W32Time

REM Set to sync with NTP server(s). Set your choices here.
W32TM /config /manualpeerlist:”time-a.nist.gov time-nw.nist.gov” /syncfromflags:MANUAL

REM Force a sync update
W32TM /config /update

REM Restart your system for all changes to take affect.
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