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KB-2307: How to set a network time server via Group Policy on Mac OS X

Mac & PC Management Service ,  

12 April,16 at 11:47 AM

Applies to: Centrify DirectControl on all versions of Mac OS X
There are no group policies for configuring the NTP time server settings in the Date & Time preferences on a Mac system.
Can this be centrally managed via GP?

This setting can be applied using the systemsetup command, which in turn can be pushed out via the "Specify commands to run" GP:
  Computer Configuration / Centrify Settings / Common UNIX Settings / "Specify commands to run" 
Enable this GP and add the following two commands: 
  systemsetup -setnetworktimeserver 
  systemsetup -setusingnetworktime on 
(Replace "" with the IP or FQDN of the desired time server) 
After the GP is saved, go to the Mac and either wait for a group policy refresh, or run the following to refresh it immediately:
Fully quit and reopen the Date & Time preferences and the new time server settings will now be displayed.
For more information on the systemsetup command, please see the following Apple documentation: (Provided as a courtesy)

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