Setup Windows 7 as an NTP server.


  • I have 4 computers in a workgroup network, all running Windows 7 Proffessional.  I would like to set one of the computers up as a the NTP server for the other clients so that log times match up.  I have walked through Group Policy and set the first client to "ntp server enabled".  Next I made sure that the windows time service was enabled on the machine I chose to be the server as well as all the clients.  I then went to each subsequent machine and ran gpedit to put the correct IP address for the time server and set the NTP client to enabled.  When I try to force a time update I get a message saying no time data was available.  

    If I change the clients' NTP server address back to the default windows time server, the clients are able to sync, so it doesn't appear to be a problem with the clients, unless they need to be configured differently to use an IP address instead of a Domain name or URL.  I have scoured the internet looking for a solution but have not come across anything. 

    I attempted to use NET USE to define a set username to use when connecting to the "server" (FSAC1) the commands i entered are as follows

    NET USE \\FSAC1\IPC$ password

    NET USE \\FSAC1\IPC$ \user:username

    That did not seem to have any effect.

    The firewall is turned off on all of the machines to remove that as a variable.

    UAC is on on all 4 machines.

    the machines are all set for static IP addresses

    This is, and will remain a workgroup network with no Server.

    Any help from anyone that has come across this issue would be greatly appreciated.  I know its got to be some setting that I am missing, but i can't figure out what.


    • Moved by Carey FrischMVP, Moderator Friday, February 25, 2011 10:27 PM Moved to relevant forum category (From:Windows 7 Miscellaneous)
    Friday, February 25, 2011 8:35 PM

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  • Hi Alan,

    Sorry to disturb you. Now I also want to configure win7 as a NTP server but I don't know how to do that? Have you figured it out? If that is the case, could you tell me details about how to do that?

    Thanks for your time!


    Sunday, August 07, 2011 12:37 PM
  • If you want to configure a Windows 7 computer as an NTP time server, you'll need to load 3rd party software.  As far as I know, Windows 7 does not provide this service.  You'll have to do a search on the net.  You'll find freeware, shareware, and licensed software available.



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    Sunday, August 07, 2011 5:03 PM