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Old 04-16-2007, 01:18 AM   #1
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NTP time sync with windows 2000 AD time

I have 5 servers running on RHEL 4 update 4, namely L2, L6, L15, L16 and L18. All the servers are running in NTP for time synchronization. L6, L15, L16 and L18 are synchronizing time from L2. There is no issue in it.

But my requirement is to synchronize time of L2 with windows 2000 AD Time running on U1 server, which is synchronized with some NTP Server. An NTP service is running on U1. In the ntp.conf of L2 has been directed to sync time from U1 but it is always sync to local.
[root@l2 ~]# ntpq -p
remote refid st t when poll reach delay offset jitter
=============================================================== 2 u 51 64 0 0.000 0.000 4000.00
*LOCAL(0) LOCAL(0) 3 l 50 64 37 0.000 0.000 0.004

Now, What I like know is how to synchronize with Windows 2000 AD time? What changes required in ntp.conf in L2, if any, or what are the parameters or services needs to be checked in U1 so that it can sync L2?

my ntp.conf as follows:

restrict default nomodify notrap noquery
# - CLIENT NETWORK -------
#restrict mask notrust nomodify notrap
#server iburst
#server iburst
#server iburst
server iburst
# Undisciplined Local Clock.
fudge stratum 3
# Drift file.
driftfile /var/lib/ntp/drift
broadcastdelay 0.004
# Keys file.
keys /etc/ntp/keys

Please donít hesitate if you require further clarification. Thanking you in advance.
Old 04-17-2007, 10:54 AM   #2
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I think the problem is that the Windows machine may be synchronizing but it isn't running the NTP server service. If it were running NTP server service then you would just be able to point the NTP client on Linux to that Windows machine. If that isn't working then I think that the Windows machine needs to be configured as an NTP server.

Or maybe the Linux box needs to be a member of the AD. That would probably require the use of Samba on the Linux box.

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Old 04-17-2007, 01:18 PM   #3
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IIRC, Windows Time Service might only be a SNTP server, and not a full NTP server. There's no problem for a SNTP client to sync time with a NTP server, but I'm not sure if its possible for an NTP client to sync time with a SNTP server.
Old 04-18-2007, 03:33 AM   #4
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Thank you for a quick reply.

I am providing some more details that may help you.
SNTP service running on windows2000.
The nmap -sU on u1 server output is as follows:
123/udp open|filtered ntp

but the ntptrace output as follows
[root@l2 ~]# ntptrace timed out, nothing received
***Request timed out

All the servers in same domain i.e.,

What are the alternative to time sync with ADtime.
Old 04-18-2007, 08:13 AM   #5
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When I was stuck with AD in addition to Unix boxes I would just sync them to the same source...
Old 04-19-2007, 07:24 AM   #6
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Thanks for your suggestion. But unfortunately I dont want to sync to the same source. Also I feel that there is no other solution available.
Old 04-24-2007, 02:10 AM   #7
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Hey guys,

I have got the solution and support from RedHat and it really worked out the way I just require. I have just used the net TIME SET command. This is just share with all of you.

Thanks you all.
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FYI for late readers

net time set -I ipaddressofyouradserver

works quite nicely for me. I have a phone system purposely VLANed out of being able to contact NTP servers on the internet. The CEO complains that the time on the phone system (CENTOS) is off by minutes. Routing is set up so that it can communicate to the other subnet. This fix worked great.


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