Is it possible to configure a Windows Server 2000 OS to synchronize it's clock to a domain controller if it's not on the domain? If so, how would I go about doing that?

Just to be clear:

  • I can't join the machine to the domain.
  • The Windows Time service is running on the Server 2000 box.
  • All other servers and workstations properly sync their time to the domain controller already.

This should do the trick:


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    This'll do the trick. I should also add that this is only valid for Windows 2000 and older servers, as they implemented the cut-down time protocol sNTP. For Windows 2003 and XP upwards, net time is deprecated and w32tm is the tool you'll need to use, as these OS' implement a fully compliant NTP server/client service. – Chris Thorpe Oct 21 '10 at 3:28
  • Man I typed out my answer all nice and neat and then forgot to press the Submit button. +1 for providing a backup link though. – Mark Henderson Oct 21 '10 at 3:29
  • Actually, the Net Time command does work in W2K3 and W2K8. – joeqwerty Oct 21 '10 at 11:13

NET TIME \\servername /SET (where servername is a DC)


This command works, but if you're not yet joined to the domain, you need to put in an IP address in place of "servername".

  • Which command? Did you forget something in your answer? – Manuel Faux Nov 18 '12 at 18:33
  • I'm guessing this is a comment to Mark Henderson's answer – MatthewMartin Oct 17 '14 at 15:53

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