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 Documentation\Configuration\Server\Server Timings
    Settings on this screen affect how often Domain Time performs its automatic synchronization of the server's time. The Server Timings only affect the synchronization of the server's own clock; they do not change any settings for slave servers or clients (except that settings on the Master will be replicated to all DC slaves, so that if a DC is promoted to PDC, it will begin using the old Master's settings).

    The default settings for these options should be sufficient to provide extremely accurate performance; however, you may experiment with these settings to tune your system to the highest degree of accuracy possible.

    Domain Time II Server Control Panel - Server Timings Tab
    The Domain Time II Control Panel Applet - Server Timings Tab

    After server sets this machine's clock, it should check again...


    Use these settings to specify how often Domain Time should check its time against its trusted time source after having successfully set its time at least once from that source.

      As often as needed to maintain milliseconds sync with server
      Choose this option when you want the machine to automatically try to maintain synchronization with the source within the range of milliseconds you specify. The server will synchronize often enough to maintain this level of accuracy. Over time, Domain Time trains the system clock to be more accurate, so the number of times the server will need to sync to stay within the target range should decrease. See Clock Training for more info.

      If you choose to use the automatic accuracy targeting, be sure to select a realistic value. Choosing to have the server try to maintain too small a variance will cause generate extra network traffic without necessarily improving the accuracy. In particular, be sure to pick a value that is not smaller than the best resolution of the time protocol you're using.

      See Overview of Time Protocols for more information on the resolution of each time protocol, and Clock Target Seeking page for information about your machine's capabilities.

      Only every(Select desired period)
      Instructs the server to synchronize on the fixed schedule you select.

    If server cannot set this machine's clock, it should try again in...


    This sets how often the server will retry to obtain the time if the trusted source is unavailable. The default for this option is 5 minutes.

    Correction Limits


    This section details how Domain Time handles corrections to the local system clock if it determines that the trusted source has a different time.

      Clock must be off by at least milliseconds before it is corrected
      This indicates how large an error in the local clock is considered normal before Domain Time makes a change. Clocks speed up and slow down during normal operation, and this setting allows your system to vary within an accepted range without Domain Time intervening.

      Once again, be sure not to specify too small a value, as this will generate an excessive number of corrections (and corresponding entries in the log).

      Read more about how Domain Time maintains accuracy on the Clock Target Seeking page.

      If correction applied, any amount of correction is okay
      Instructs the server to change its clock to match the source, regardless of how drastic the change.

      This is not a recommended setting under normal circumstances due to the fact that if the source has a wildly wrong time, many applications can have errors if clock gets adjusted forward or backward by a large amount. If you have any machines that are greatly out of sync, be sure to account for this type of potential problem before allowing Domain Time to change the time.

      Only accept corrections of under minutes
      When this button is selected, Domain Time II will refuse to set the time if the variance between the server and the time source is over the limit that you set. This is the recommended setting to avoid problems with wild corrections discussed above.

      Domain Time also includes built in "reasonableness" checking before accepting large corrections. Read more about this on the Clock Target Seeking page.

      There are two important exceptions to the above setting:

      1. Domain Time will accept any amount of correction when it first starts up. This is to account for machines whose CMOS clocks aren't working, or that have Y2K-related clock or BIOS errors.

      2. Domain Time accepts any amount of correction when you click the Sync This Machine Now button on the Control Panel applet (or the equivalent from Domain Time II Manager or DTCheck.exe). This allows you to get the clock into sync regardless of its current status.

     

     

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