Windows server and the importance of NTP

Windows Server is a brand that covers a product line of the Microsoft Corporation server and consists of an operating system designed for Microsoft servers and a range of product types aimed at the broader business market; Windows Server includes, for example, the user interface, the task manager, and the management of IP addresses, among others.

Microsoft announced the new Windows Server 2016, which will have as novelties the enabling of the Hybrid Cloud and includes software-defined capabilities that are fundamental for innovation in the Cloud; In addition, it offers continuous portability in the middle of data centers, public and private cloud environments through virtual machines and new container formats that can be implemented reliably where they are needed.

A consistent hybrid cloud enables unified development and administration operations. Users can use a platform to update and update resources, which eliminates the need to access new environments and, instead, can get closer to getting more valuable information and proactive actions.

It also enables common identity and security, users are protected and managed regardless of the location of the application they use, and also enables a continuous extension to the Cloud of existing applications, and data can be maintained for longer periods at a lower cost without need to make changes.

On the other hand, it is necessary to talk about the NTP protocol in the windows server and what is its importance:

1. The NTP (Network Time Protocol), more commonly known as NTP, is an Internet protocol widely used to transfer time through a network. NTP is normally used to synchronize time in network clients at a precise time.

2. The NTP protocol is one of the oldest on the Internet and is still in use today. It has been in continuous use for more than 25 years. It was originally designed originally to synchronize computers and critical time-dependent processes on the Internet network. It was originally intended for the Linux operating system, but was later also migrated to Windows, although it is still installed by default on many UNIX systems and BSD distributions.

3. Through NTP, we can synchronize the clocks of different systems preventing the pernicious effects of variable latency, since the management of time synchronization is done in a network, and therefore, it is subject to the more than probable fluctuation of the speed of lines of communication used. One of the great needs that NTP solves is that all computers in a domain have the same time, which is very important because the Domain Controller controls the authentication of all network activities (start and end of user’s sessions, access controls for various services such as shared folders or proxy navigation).

For those who like the gruesome OSI model, NTP operates on the seventh layer, the application layer. The communication is done through port 123 (TCP / UDP)

The idea of NTP is that if the operating system has NTP support, or an NTP client, an NTP server can be requested to deliver the date, and synchronize the corresponding system using a theoretically more reliable one: that of the NTP server.


Radhe Dhakad is Support Executive and Network Admin at RackBank Datacenters Pvt. Ltd.. He is our curious techie who loves experimenting on servers and likes to pen down whatever he explores new on server technology!

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