[ntp:questions] Antwort: Re: Meinberg software running under Vista/Windows 2008

Radu.Popa at technomatic.de Radu.Popa at technomatic.de
Wed Jul 6 15:40:04 UTC 2011

Ok,, but windows time server would synchronize according to the parameters 
I set in the registry. Can I do the same with NTP? I mean can I "force" it 
to update the system clock as soon as it sees it's offset? In my config 
file I have set the polling interval at 16 seconds, iburst. The servers in 
question are mission critical machines and have to be synced all the time. 
Unfortunately for this task the windows time service is not accurate.


Von:    unruh <unruh at wormhole.physics.ubc.ca>
An:     questions at lists.ntp.org
Datum:  07/06/2011 06:31 PM
Betreff:        Re: [ntp:questions] Meinberg software running under 
Vista/Windows   2008
Gesendet von:   questions-bounces+radu.popa=technomatic.de at lists.ntp.org

On 2011-07-06, Radu.Popa at technomatic.de <Radu.Popa at technomatic.de> wrote:
> Hello,
> I have an issue with the Meinberg software:
> I have defined a simple configuration file 
> Server time1
> Server time2
> I can see be running the ntpq -p command that the client is using the 
> servers: one as preferred (*) the other one on standby (+) and also the 
> offset which is around 120 seconds. The problem is that Meinberg is not 
> setting up the system clock by itself. However, if I restart the 
> it does it at the start, but if I modify the clock afterwards to 
> an offset, it still does not sync system clock.
Exactly why would you be modifying the clock? NTP drives the clock to to
a small offset (millisaconds to microseconds) and keeps it there. That
is its purpose. It does so by reading a remote server occasionally (
from 1 min to 20 min) It will then throw away 7/8 of the times its gets,
(depending on the round trip delay of the measurement). 
so you need to wait for about 2 hours to see what ntp will do with your
offset (3hr=8x20 min. 20 min is the time between polls at level 10) 
But once the clock is disciplined that 3 hr wait is "fine", since the
clock is ticking along reasonably disciplined to keep good time during
that 3 hours. Ie, I have no idea how long you waited to see what happens
to the 120sec. 

Speedyness is not one of ntpd's strong points. 

> Thank you!

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