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Windows Server 2003 Security: A Technical Reference by Roberta Bragg

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Windows Time Service

Maintaining a correct computer time is important to security for two reasons. First, it is important that security events are recorded with the correct timestamp. If it is necessary to determine when something happened, or to match user logon times to events, it is important to be able to prove that the computer clock is accurate. Standalone Windows 2003 servers can be synchronized with an external timeserver using the Date and Time applet in the Control Panel or by using the net time command at the command line. (The time on Windows 2003 servers joined in a domain cannot be synchronized using this applet.) An external timeserver can be a reliable source on the network or a public timeserver on the Internet. If one Windows ...

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