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NTP Network time server setup

Q. How can I enable a Network Time Protocol (NTP) server in Windows?

A. All versions of Windows 2000 and later can serve as an NTP server. Other machines on the network can then use the NTP server to synchronize their time. To enable an NTP server, perform the following steps:

Click Start Icon, type regedit in the box and press enter to open the Registry Editor.

Navigate to the key [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\Parameters].
From the Edit menu, select New key, DWORD Value.
Enter the name LocalNTP, then press Enter.
Double-click the new value, set it to 1 to enable or 0 to disable, then click OK.
Restart the computer for the change to take effect.

To configure other network computers to use the new NTP server, you must set their NtpServer registry value, which is located under the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\Parameters]
registry subkey, to point to the NTP server. For more information about configuring NTP settings, see the FAQ titled "How can I configure the time service in Windows 2000?".

Also make sure no firewall or router is blocking UDP port 123 This port is used by clients to check time and sync with.
This article applies to Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2000 only

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