How to Test an NTP Connection

Written by jim campbell
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The network time protocol (NTP) allows network administrators to synchronise time on a Windows server with all other network computers. This is beneficial for administrators who manage several computers across offices and all computers must maintain the same time. To test the NTP connection, you simply query the time on the server from the MS-DOS console.

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  1. 1

    Click the Windows "Start" button in the task bar.

  2. 2

    Type "cmd" in the Windows search text box, and press "Enter" to open your MS-DOS window.

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    Type "net time \ComputerName [/querysntp" where "ComputerName" is the name of your computer. The "querysntp" queries your server.

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    Press "Enter" to execute the command. The MS-DOS prompt queries the server. This takes a few seconds. The return message is the server's time. This lets you know the NTP protocol connection is functioning on your computer.

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