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It is a fact that network time server may not be a part of the daily lexicon to some. It’s a term often used by the techies even though this entire modern world relies on the concept of network time servers. Below four important points are explained to help beginner and experienced server technicians. But before heading towards their importance, it is essential to know what they are?network_time_system_server

What are network time servers?

Pro time server resides inside every computer, laptop, or may be smartphone that you own and helps to maintain accurate time on these devices. Accurate time does not necessarily mean the time that the clock is displaying on computer or phone’s, but rather it’s the time that the entire computer system runs on.

For example, consider some running programs that send and share information to another program and instruct it what to do. In order to complete the task accurately, commands need to be received and executed in their specific order and to do this job correctly it require accurate time. A time server is a device that accurately reads the actual time from a reference clock, usually on the Internet and share this time with the rest of the computer components through its network.

Who keeps time for the Server?

There may be a difference between the time that your computer’s internal server clock references and the time before it gets communicated to the other part of the system on a different network server on your computer’s local network, or on the Internet. As an alternate, you may use a radio clock, in order to receive accurate time via radio waves, or an internal atomic clock to assure that your system always runs accurate time, even if it’s not connected to a network.

But the most common source of receiving accurate time is a GPS master clock which uses global-positioning to give and maintain time as measured by the earth movement around the sun.

How time is maintained?

There must be some form of synchronization in place in order for all of the computers of the world to agree upon an accurate time so that our worldwide systems can function normally. This synchronization system is known as the Network Time Protocol and often referred as NTP. There are many other synchronization systems and most of them are outdated, but NTP is by far the most widely used.

Purpose and designs of time servers may vary

Time servers are considered highly dedicated pieces of machinery. It is also possible that there can be a multi-purpose server on a network. As an example, you can turn an existing network or file server into a time keeper with the help of some extra software which can be downloaded from the NTP homepage. Or otherwise you may use a dedicated server, or even a dedicated device that does not do more than apart from providing accurate time.

Taylor Olivia author of this article has written several dozen articles on computer repair, networking, android applications, and much more.  In this article she discussed about important things to know about Network Time Servers. Get in touch with her for updated tips and tricks of latest technologies.