RE: SYNCHRONIZE WORKSTATION TIME
From: Ken Murphy
To: BZ Dusk
Synchronize workstation time
RE: Synchronize workstation time
Network and Computer Management
Sunday, October 16, 2005 5:09:29 PM
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> We have 5 workstations running Windows XP and they are connected to a Domain server running Windows 2003 Server. I created user accounts (Station1,Station2...Station5) on active directory of Windows 2003 Server so that each workstation will be able to login to our Domain server. All user accounts are classified as "Restricted Users" because I don't want anyone to be able to change system settings or install any programs on their computers.
> 1. How will I be able to synchronize the date and time of those workstations to our DOmain server?
> 2. What is the best way to synchronize them?
> 2.1 During login?
> 2.2 Should I create a vbs script (if yes please show me how)? I used windows 2003 server sample on how to create logon scripts to map network drives and it works but there is no sample on how to use scripts to synchronize date and time to domain server.
> 2.3 Is there something that I need to configure on my domain server to synchronize members to its date and time?
> 3. If questions 1 and 2 are solved and I changed server time, how can I enforce changes to workstations working physically on my server? any command?
> 4. I tried to run net time on one workstation. It didn't synchronize the date/time because user account is classified as "restricted users". But if I change user account to "standard or power users", net time works. Will synchronization works even if I retain "restricted users" account type?
> Thanks in advance. I badly need help on this.
If you are using Windows server 2003, you can set up appropriate rights with group policy objects. You can set up all of your users as power users and then use GPO's to ensure that they do not do things that they should not do. Not only that, you don't have to go around to each machine to modify things. Do it once at the server and away you go.