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    Time Sync question

    Hi, I am trying to figure out how to time sync a couple linux machines on our network (not connected to the internet) with a Windows machine that will act as a time server. I am aware of using the 'net time' command on Windows, but I wasn't sure if there was anything like that available on Linux.

    Any help is greatly apperciated.


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    Linux User DThor's Avatar
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    Jan 2006
    Typically NTP is the recommended mechanism for maintaining time accuracy. However, with no access to the inet, that would mean you need an internal system running as an NTP server. This isn't that big of a deal, but of course you need to pick something that you feel reasonably confident about, in terms of maintaining time. Much of the time you can get away with that box being an existing system being used for other purposes as well, but watch for drift.

    AFAIK MS provides basic NTP capability on XP - I'm unsure about what's involved in setting up an NTP service on one, however. As usual, there's lots of ways to spend thousands of dollars to set one up on Windows, but I'm fairly sure there's a free method. Alternatively, you can set your linux box up as a server(free and relatively straightforward), and slave the windows box to it.


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