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

Jason Williams jwilliams at courtesymortgage.com
Mon May 5 23:41:54 GMT 2003

Well, as it stands right now, what I noticed is that the server may be at 
At the same time, the test client was at 4:04:45. Even though it is roughly 
a 30-35 second time difference, I would prefer it to be a little closer. 
Maybe around 10-15 second time difference, if possible.

I thought about installing a client NTP service, such as one from 

Probably best to install clients on each one I would imagine then?


At 11:27 PM 5/5/2003 +0000, you wrote:
>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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