"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."