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The Persistence of Time

Jul 20, 2010, 16:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ken Hess)

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"Do you have problems keeping time synchronized on your network? Do your systems tend to drift? You can resolve the time drift problem by using the Network Time Protocol (NTP) to keep all your system's time in sync with each other. What's that? You've tried using NTP to find that some of your systems still set themselves apart from the pack. You can go one step further and create your own NTP server for your network.

"If you've ever experienced catastrophic failures in applications, with network storage or with file timestamps, it can drive you crazy. And, for you typical overworked and under-appreciated system administrators, that's a short drive.

"Setting up your own NTP server is the answer. You learned from the first NTP-related article, "NTP: Timing is Everything," how to setup your Linux systems to use NTP. This week, you learn how to setup a network NTP server.

"Let's face it gang, unless you have the privilege of working for Amazon.com or Google, chances are that you live and work in a mixed operating system environment. You have to deal with Windows, Linux, commercial Unix and possibly Mac systems. It isn't pretty but it's a fact. You have to deal with those Windows servers and keep their users happy too. Windows systems have a tendency to drift even when connected to a domain."

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