[Samba] How 'accurate' is time sync on the samba server?

John H Terpstra jht at samba.org
Mon May 5 23:27:41 GMT 2003

On Mon, 5 May 2003, Jason Williams wrote:

> Just as the subject states, how close and accurate can time synchronization
> be with Samba as a PDC and Windows Clients connecting to the PDC with net time?

What you are seeing is par for the course.

If you want tighter time synchronization I would suggest that you install
on each client an NTP service that syncs with atomic clocks.

- John T.

> I have setup a logon script, so when all Win2k clients connect to the PDC,
> they will receive the logon script and use the PDC as their time server.
> What I have noticed in my testing is that it is not entirely 100% accurate?
> For example, I noticed about a 35 second difference  between the PDC and a
> test client.
> I have set time server =yes
> I set the script to be:
> net time \\sambatest /set /yes
> I made sure the logon.bat file is a MS-DOS style file.
> Thoughts?
> Jason

John H Terpstra
Email: jht at samba.org

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