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Windows NT : Timekeeping and Synchronization

Synchronizing domain controllers

If you want to force synchronization of your domain controllers instead of waiting for an automatic replication event, type net accounts / sync from the command line of your primary domain controller. You can also use Server Manager to force synchronization. Start Server Manager, choose the primary domain controller, and...

Synchronize your watches

You can easily synchronize your system's time with that of the server by using the Net Time command. Net Time \\YourServer /set /yes This command will synchronize your workstation's time with the server's and set it according to your time zone. The time zone factor will work only in Windows...

Sync or swim

Many NT networks have multiple Backup Domain Controllers (BDCs). In fact, Microsoft recommends one BDC for every 2,000 users and, depending on your network configuration, you may have more. So let's look at a common scenario. Say you have BDCs located in branch offices all over the country, but you...

System date problems

When installing Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 2000, you are asked to set the system date format. Most admins leave it in the standard mm/dd/yy format. However, many applications use the default system date when they are run without a user logged on to the local console, and problems can...

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