[Samba] Time Server? - Answers/Summary

Goetz Rieger goetz.rieger at suse.de
Thu Jun 20 02:09:03 GMT 2002

On Sun, 16 Jun 2002 14:38:11 -0700
David Busby <Busby at pnts.com> wrote:

Ah, just read this thread. From my time as a NT admin I remember pretty
well the problem of users not allowed to set the time...

I used to use the time32.exe util from the MS Reskit. It can run as a
service and hence start under the system account.


W2k: you can give it a ntp server to sync with through net time (help)...

So here is no need to use logon.bat´s which run in user context.


> List,
> 	This e-mail simply links all the various topics as one...I started
> this thread.
> Q1- Samba being the PDC thingy
> Q2- "time server" option in smb.conf file
> Q3- 'net time' command on Windows clients.
> A1- Samba doesn't have to be PDC
> A2- Samba doesn't need "time server = yes" in smb.conf
> A3- Windows clients were not designed to keep proper time so it's a hack
> Misc Rambling:
> So...here's what I have and hope this confirms/clears:
> In my smb.conf file I don't have "time server = yes" anywhere.  It's
> default is "no" so for my configuration my Samba server should not be
> announcing itself as a time server.  This Samba server is not a PDC (in
> fact its not even part of my NT domain, just on the same subnet).  My
> Windows clients that logon to the PDC use the command 'net time
> \\[a-samba=server] /set/yes' to sync time with my Samba server (which is
> sync'd from UW(http://washington.edu) now).  But they only sync on logon
> (which happens once a day, if that).  So it seems like if you want your
> Windows clients to stay in sync then you must manually do it with a
> scheduled task that will issue the correct 'net time' command.  Or you
> can install a NTP client for Windows.
> Windows NTP clients 
> http://www.arachnoid.com/abouttime/.
> http://www.kaska.demon.co.uk/
> NTP home page
> http://www.eecis.udel.edu/~ntp/ (aka: http://www.ntp.org)
> Public NTP Servers
> http://www.eecis.udel.edu/~mills/ntp/servers.html
> Hope this helps everyone out.
> /B
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jay Ts [mailto:jay at metran.cx] 
> Sent: Saturday, June 15, 2002 14:49
> To: jmalone at horizonind.com
> Cc: samba at lists.samba.org
> Subject: Re: [Samba] Time Server?
> > an yes you do not to have the  'time server = yes'
> > setup in smb.conf on samba server.
> Oh ... are you saying that without 'time server = yes'
> in smb.conf, the Windows clients can still do the
> 'net time' command using the Samba server, and it will
> work?
> I just looked in the smb.conf manual page, and it says:
> time server (G)
>        This parameter determines if  nmbd(8)advertises
>        itself as  a  time  server  to  Windows clients.
>        Default: time server = no
> So maybe that means that the 'time server' parameter
> is just there to make sure that the server is advertised
> by the name service.  And since the 'net time' command specifies the
> server explicitly, it does not need that.
> Can I get an affirmation of this from someone who is
> sure about it?  (Samba Team?)
> Jay Ts
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