Setting the time automatically is just so simple™. Run this ruin:
|net time /setsntp:"ntp2a.mcc.ac.uk ntp2b.mcc.ac.uk"|
Port 123 must be open
turn off the time service
|net stop w32time|
set the time out by 10 minutes
The current time is: 15:54:45.17
Enter the new time: 16:04
The current time is: 16:04:43.35
Enter the new time:
now check the time, and restart the service
C:\>net start w32time
Finally make sure the time service starts automatically:
Change this registry entry to make one of your Win2K systems into an SNTP server.
In HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32 Time\Parameters, find the REG_DWORD subkey called LocalNTP. Change the subkey value from 0 to 1.
Restart the Windows Time Service. You're now the proud owner of a SNTP server.
I performed the above on CARLSMUM.
Check that you have a local time server running:
By setting all other machines to point to CARLSMUM, I don't "pester" Manchester University excessively.
C:\>net time /setsntp:carlsmum
These other machines must also run the w32time service automatically.