Re: How to automate alert if NTP service down
- From: "G" <gregstigers+msnews@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 3 Sep 2006 15:04:15 -0400
Are you asking about checking a public time server, or an internal time
In either case, it should not matter. Your clients should sync to your
internal time servers, typically your domain controllers. Ideally, your
domain controllers sync to an authoritative source, also preferably internal
and extremely reliable, although that can depend on the size of your
network. If they sync to an internal server, it should sync to a list of ntp
server. Microsoft provides time.microsoft.com and time.windows.com, although
others are available. These are typically reliable. If you cannot tolerate
loss of time source due to a network outage, you can buy cards or other
devices that sync from the US government atomic clock signal, cell phone
networks, and GPS.
At this point, I would then rely on a tool that alerts me to any one of
several significant events in my server's event logs.
Greg Stigers, MCSA
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