When you issue a NET TIME / DOMAIN:<DomainName> /SET /Y from a client, instead of synchronizing with the domain time source, the PDC is used to synchronize the client's time.
In tip 087, we learned how to configure a time source for the domain. You would expect a NET TIME / DOMAIN:<DomainName> /SET /Y to synchronize the with domain time source, but it doesn't.
To synchronize with a domain time source, issue a NET TIME /SET /Y. This causes the client to obtain a browse list from the domain in which it is a member, select a time source from the list, and request a synchronization.
You can specify the computer you wish to synchronize with by issuing a
NET TIME \\<ComputerName> /SET /Y or a NET TIME \\<IP Address> /SET /Y.
You can also issue a NET TIME \\%LOGONSERVER% /SET /Y to synchronize with the computer that validated your logon.
( W9x clients must set this variable - see tip 120 ).