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I am not interested in synchronizing my local clock with the remote server. I only want to query it and print the result.

I would have assumed that there is a port of ntpq for Windows, but was unable to find any.

All other NTP clients I could find, they always want to install themselves as a service or make it otherwise clear that they want to synchronize my local time.

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possible duplicate of How can I check a system's current NTP configuration? – slm Jun 2 '14 at 16:49
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C:\> w32tm /stripchart /computer:foo
Tracking foo [].
The current time is 19/07/2012 17:39:48 (local time).
17:39:48 d:-00.0000840s o:-25.3004160s  [@                          |                           ]
17:39:50 d:-00.0000680s o:-25.3070080s  [@                          |                           ]
17:39:52 d:-00.0000690s o:-25.2987405s  [@                          |                           ]
17:39:54 d:-00.0000680s o:-25.3071530s  [@                          |                           ]
17:39:56 d:-00.0000690s o:-25.2993985s  [@                          |                           ]
17:39:58 d:-00.0000680s o:-25.3070270s  [@                          |                           ]

Wireshark shows NTP packets being generated by this. Some versions of w32tm have a /query option

C:\>w32tm /stripchart / /dataonly /samples:5
Tracking [].
Collecting 5 samples.
The current time is 19/07/2012 18:36:32.
18:36:32, +03.3575094s
18:36:34, +03.3573679s
18:36:37, +03.3572986s
18:36:39, +03.3570290s
18:36:41, +03.3565357s
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To my understanding the /query is to query configuration parameters. I used it all day :D – Oliver Salzburg Jul 19 '12 at 17:26
This is perfect. Exactly what I needed. Thanks :) – Oliver Salzburg Jul 19 '12 at 17:27

Bytefusion's ntpquery seems to be incredibly old, but works. Sadly, it requires initial installation, but the application files will work fine when copied to another system.

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