Would you like to learn how to use a group policy to perform the NTP server configuration on Windows? In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a group policy to configure an NTP server on Windows.

• Windows 2012 R2
• Windows 2016
• Windows 2019
• Windows 10
• Windows 7

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Tutorial GPO - NTP server configuration

On the domain controller, open the group policy management tool.

Windows 2012 - Group Policy Management

Create a new group policy.

Windows 2012 - Group Policy Objects

Enter a name for the new group policy.

Windows - Add GPO

In our example, the new GPO was named: MY-GPO.

On the Group Policy Management screen, expand the folder named Group Policy Objects.

Right-click your new Group Policy Object and select the Edit option.

Windows - Edit GPO

On the group policy editor screen, expand the Computer configuration folder and locate the following item.

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Access the folder named Time providers.

GPO - NTP client configuration

Enable the item named: Enable Windows NTP server.

GPO - NTP server configuration

Enable the item named: Enable Windows NTP client.

GPO - Enable Windows NTP client

Enable the item named: Configure Windows NTP client.

GPO - Configure Windows NTP client

On the NTP client screen, perform the following configuration.

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To save the group policy configuration, you need to close the Group Policy editor.

Congratulations! You have finished the GPO creation.

Tutorial GPO - Windows NTP client

On the Group policy management screen, you need to right-click the Organizational Unit desired and select the option to link an existent GPO.

GPO - NTP server

In our example, we are going to link the group policy named MY-GPO to an organization unit named NTP SERVERS.

Any computer in this organizational unit will become an NTP server.

GPO- tutorial linking

After applying the GPO you need to wait for 10 or 20 minutes.

During this time the GPO will be replicated to other domain controllers.

After applying this GPO to a computer, verify the NTP server configuration.

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Here is the command output.

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Verify the NTP peers list.

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Here is the command output.

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Congratulations! You have used a GPO to configure Windows as an NTP server.