Hello, in this article I will explain how to configure your Windows Server to run as an NTP (Network Time Protocol) Server. The NTP feature in Windows Server can be configured as an NTP server to provide system time information to other network devices and clients. This feature can be used to ensure that all machines on the network are synchronized with the same system time.
Before You Begin Warning: Be very careful when editing the registry. If you do not fully follow the steps below, you may encounter possible errors. Don’t hold me responsible if a problem occurs on your server 🙂
Steps to Activate Windows NTP Server
1. Click Start, Run and type regedit in the box and press Enter.
2. Navigate to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesW32TimeConfig” field and double-click AnnounceFlags on the right. Enter the DWORD value as A. Click OK to save the settings.
3. Navigate to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesW32TimeTimeProvidersNtpServer” field and double-click Enabled on the right. Enter the DWORD value as 1. Click OK to save the settings.
4. Click Start Run and type cmd and press Enter.
5. Restart Windows Time Service by typing stop net stop w32time && net start w32time.
Your NTP server is ready for use. Enjoy 🙂