Configure the NTP Server on Windows Server 2016

Copied from https://www.ceos3c.com/2017/07/06/configure-ntp-server-windows-server-2016/

We will use PowerShell to change the NTP Server and we will validate if it worked afterwards.

Configure the NTP Server on Windows Server 2016

On your Windows Server 2016 hit the Windows Button and type: PowerShell and right-click it and select Run as Administrator

Type the following commands

  • w32tm /config /manualpeerlist:pool.ntp.org /syncfromflags:MANUAL
  • Stop-Service w32time
  • Start-Service w32time

Of course, you can take any NTP Server that you want.

Now verify if the time-server was set correctly on your Server 2016 by typing:

  • w32tm /query /status

You should get a reply like this:

Now we will go ahead and verify if our clients sync properly.

 

Verifying if the Time Server was correctly set on our Clients

On a client computer open a PowerShell with right-click and Run as Administrator….

Type:

  • w32tm /query /status

Check the time-server and type:

  • w32tm /resync
  • w32tm /query /status

Then you are able to see that the time-server actually changed like in the example below.

And that’s it! Easy, right?

Always make sure that you use the same time-server in your network and that all your clients are syncing from it. If you have time differences inside of your Active Directory Domain you will run into major issues.

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