Synchronize time with external NTP server on Windows Server 2008, Server 2008R2

Here’s how to synchronize time with an external NTP server on Windows Server 2008 (R2).

Posted on 16 November 2009 by Marek in MicrosoftWindows Server 2008Windows Server 2008 R2

Time synchronization is an important aspect for all computers on the network. By default, the clients’ computers get their time from a Domain Controller and the Domain Controller gets his time from the domain’s PDC Operation Master. Therefore the PDC must synchronize his time from an external source. I usually use the servers listed at the NTP Pool Project website. Before you begin, don’t forget to open the default UDP 123 port (in- and outbound) on your (corporate) firewall.

  1. First, locate your PDC Server. Open the command prompt and type: C:>netdom /query fsmo
  2. Log in to your PDC Server and open the command prompt.
  3. Stop the W32Time service: C:>net stop w32time
  4. Configure the external time sources, type: C:> w32tm /config /syncfromflags:manual /manualpeerlist:”0.pool.ntp.org, 1.pool.ntp.org, 2.pool.ntp.org”
  5. Make your PDC a reliable time source for the clients. Type: C:>w32tm /config /reliable:yes
  6. Start the w32time service: C:>net start w32time
  7. The windows time service should begin synchronizing the time. You can check the external NTP servers in the time configuration by typing: C:>w32tm /query /configuration
  8. Check the Event Viewer for any errors.

Solution: Windows not indexing Google Drive folder for easy search though the start menu

This fix works for all versions of Windows (Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10).

Go to the actual folder in its C:\Users\\Google Drive\  (NOT the Google Drive folder listed under ‘FAVOURITES’ which is a shortcut).

Right click ‘Google Drive’ > Security tab > Advanced > Click your username (mine showed ) > Click ‘Change Permissions’ > Check the ‘Include inheritable permissions…’ box > Click ok.

Search indexing of Google Drive should then begin in the background.

After changing these settings in an offending Windows 7 computer, indexing happened almost immediately.

For more information, check out Google’s product forum:

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/drive/5EPuLuwmLGI