[time-nuts] Win XP and NIST time

James Harrison james at talkunafraid.co.uk
Sun Mar 24 06:39:09 EDT 2013

Hash: SHA1

On 24/03/2013 06:27, David J Taylor wrote:
> I'm surprised by how many "time-nuts" are not using the reference
> NTP port for Windows, considering the many advantages it has over
> the simple (non conformant and non-manageable) client built into
> Windows).  I made some notes here:
> http://www.satsignal.eu/ntp/setup.html
> You can then use the same management tools (ntpq) and
> configuration expertise you have on you UNIX, Linux, FreeBSD etc.
> systems. Serial-port PPS devices are supported, allowing you to
> make stratum-1 clocks on Windows with performances down to the
> 100-200 microsecond level:
> PCs Alta Bacchus Feenix and Stamsund 
> http://www.satsignal.eu/mrtg/performance_ntp.php
> and with Windows-8, network synced PCs with offsets typically below
> 250 microseconds even over Wi-Fi sync, PC Bergen: 
> http://www.satsignal.eu/mrtg/performance_ntp.php
> Cheers, David

+1 to this - on the Windows boxes I used to have running at a radio
station (including playout machines, which needed good time
synchronization) we ran Meinberg's NTPd port on all the machines and
had no issues. That's with XP under a support contract, though - I
suspect some people without said contracts via work etc will be
hitting issues.

end of extended support April 2014, though - so only just over a year
until even businesses can't get updates.

Happily migrated everything to Win7 or Linux now so no more headaches
on that front here. If you've not looked into 7 and are on XP still, I
do recommend at least considering a migration - 7 is stable now and
will be supported at least until 2020, but I'd wager longer than that
the way Windows 8 appears to be crashing and burning in the market.

Version: GnuPG v2.0.17 (MingW32)


More information about the time-nuts mailing list