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Wed, Jan 24, 2018 10:39 pm

Determine NTP server on a Microsoft Windows system

If you wish to determine the Network Time Protocol (NTP) server that a Microsoft Windows system is using to synchronize its time, you can find that information in the Windows registry at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\Parameters\NtpServer.


You can query that value from a command-line interface (CLI) with the command reg query HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\Parameters. To see just the NTP server fully qualified domain name (FQDN), you can pipe the output of the reg query command to the find command and search for "NtpServer".

C:\>reg query HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\Parameters

    NtpServer    REG_SZ,0x9
    ServiceDll    REG_EXPAND_SZ    %systemroot%\system32\w32time.dll
    ServiceDllUnloadOnStop    REG_DWORD    0x1
    ServiceMain    REG_SZ    SvchostEntry_W32Time
    Type    REG_SZ    NTP

C:\Users\Administrator.LABYRINTH>reg query HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\Parameters | find "NtpServer"
    NtpServer    REG_SZ,0x9


In the above example, the time server is, an NTP server provided by Microsoft.

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Sun, Nov 12, 2017 7:46 pm

Manually synchronizing time on a Microsoft Windows system

I noticed the time on a Microsoft Windows 7 Professional system was ahead of the actual time by 22 minutes. The system was part of a Windows domain, but the domain controller (DC) was decommissioned. I checked the Network Time Protocol (NTP) settings from a command-line interface (CLI) by opening a command prompt window with administrator level access and using the Microsoft Windows w32tm command. to check the current configuration for querying time servers.

C:\>w32tm /query /peers
#Peers: 1

State: Pending
Time Remaining: 1441.6885058s
Mode: 0 (reserved)
Stratum: 0 (unspecified)
PeerPoll Interval: 0 (unspecified)
HostPoll Interval: 0 (unspecified)

C:\>w32tm /query /status
Leap Indicator: 3(last minute has 61 seconds)
Stratum: 0 (unspecified)
Precision: -6 (15.625ms per tick)
Root Delay: 0.0000000s
Root Dispersion: 0.0000000s
ReferenceId: 0x00000000 (unspecified)
Last Successful Sync Time: unspecified
Source: Free-running System Clock
Poll Interval: 10 (1024s)


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Fri, Nov 30, 2007 7:23 am

Comcast NTP Servers

I wanted to configure a user's home router to synchronize its time with a Network Time Protocol (NTP) server, so that its log entries would have accurate time stamps. Since the user had a Comcast-provided connection to the Internet, I decided to use a Comcast NTP server. The one that I used is [].

If you want to verify that a NTP server is available and responding to NTP queries, you can go to Query NTP server and enter the Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) or IP address of the system to be queried to submit an NTP query to the system from that site. If the queried system is responding to NTP requests, you will see something similar to the following:

Output of NTP server at


30 Nov 16:12:42 ntpdate[23942]: ntpdate 4.1.1@1.786 Tue Sep 23 17:37:40 UTC 2003 (1)
server, stratum 2, offset 0.001361, delay 0.10997
30 Nov 16:12:42 ntpdate[23942]: adjust time server offset 0.001361 sec

If you see "stratum 0" displayed on the results page, the system is not responding to NTP queries. The offset and delay values will be zero as well in that case.

You can find a list of publicly accessible NTP servers at NTP.Servers Web .

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