01/06/2006
TimeSync 1.2 by Scott Botterud
scott@info-techs.com

Index:
I       OVERVIEW: What is TimeSync?
II      FILE DESCRIPTIONS: What files are included in the distribution and what each does.
III     INSTALLATION and SETUP: Installation and configuration.
IV     Revision History: What's new.
V      Feedback.

I: OVERVIEW:

TimeSycn is a small freeware command line utility designed to accurately synchronize the time of a Windows Workstation or a Windows Server. TimeSync polls between one and ten Internet Time Servers to very accurately set the Windows clock. Upon completion (or an error condition), TimeSync will send an email to inform someone (an administrator, etc.) of what happened.

TimeSync is designed to work in conjunction with other (freeware) utilities to operate properly. These include:
WinCRON - A Windows utility to automate the running programs at specific times. WinCRON can be downloaded from
http://www.info-techs.com.download.shtml
http://www.ryerson.ca/~sgray/wincron.htm
TimeSync has been successfully tested with Windows 95, 98, 98SE, ME, NT, 2000, and XP. If you have Netware servers, TimeSync works in concert with NTS (Novell Time Sync) to maintain Novell 3x, 4x, 5x & 6x File Server time.

TimeSync was developed because the time on our Windows Workstations and Windows Server continued to suffer time drift. Our customers suffered similar problems as well. Time drift, that is, a Workstation or a Server loosing or gaining time is pretty much a given with the present state of the art of computer hardware. On Windows 2000 and XP there are built in utilities that help maintain accurate time, but they are difficult to administer and have no reporting capabilities.

TimeSync is a collection of freeware utilities glued together with a batch file, TIMESYNC.BAT. This collection of utilities create a rather elequent solution to setting and maintaining system time. TimeSync can maintain system time even when Daylight Savings Time (DST) changes. TimeSync can easily be automated to run daily (or more frequently if needed).

TimeSync is releases as freeware to the public domain.
II: FILE DESCRIPTIONS:
III: PROGRAM INSTALLATION and SETUP:

INSTALLATION:
To install TimesSync unzip all the file from the TimeSync_1*.ZIP archive to a directory. Typically this is something like
	C:\UTIL\TimeSync
All program execuitables will work properly from the home directory or from anywhere in the PATH.

SETUP:
The setup of TimeSync requires the TimeSync.BAT file be edited for your environment. TimeSync.BAT is heavily commented and should be pretty self explanatory.

RUNNING:
Simply run TimeSync.BAT. TimeSync will attempt to display meaningful messages via the console as to what and how it is doing. It is recommended that once you are satisfied with the operation of TimeSync , the process be automated by the use of WinCRON.
IV: REVISIONS:

Verions 1.2 - 01/06/2006 - The following changes were made: Version 1.1 - 02/09/2005 Version 1.0 - 04/15/2004
V: FEEDBACK:

Questions? Comments?

scott@info-techs.com