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How to Force Time Synchronization Between Cluster Nodes

Article ID: 174398

Article Last Modified on 11/1/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Cluster Server 1.1

This article was previously published under Q174398


The MSCS Time Service resource coordinates the synchronization of the date and time on cluster nodes. The time between nodes is synchronized automatically when the cluster is formed and at specified intervals thereafter. If you change the time in the cluster, you may want to synchronize the time on cluster nodes quickly rather than waiting for the next synchronization interval to occur.


To change the time and force time synchronization, perform the following steps:

  1. Change the time on the node that currently owns the Time Service resource.

NOTE: This will be the node that owns the Cluster Group.

  1. On the other node, run the NET TIME command and specify the computer name of the node that owns the Time Service.

For example, if NODEA owns the time service, type the following at the Windows NT command prompt and then press ENTER:
NET TIME /set /y \\NOD

NOTE: If you change the time on a node that does not own the Time Service, that node will eventually synchronize with the owner of the Time Service and may not reflect the time adjustment. For best results, follow the above procedure.

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