[ntp:questions] Re: ntp client: keep all servers at startup

Ralf Fassel ralfixx at gmx.de
Fri Jun 17 16:05:30 UTC 2005

* Martin Burnicki <martin.burnicki at meinberg.de>
| Which operating system are you running?

The final install will run on Windows 2000, not sure whether the
machines have the latest service packs.

| Which version of NTP are you running?

Binary NTP distribution ntp-4.2.0a.

| Are there some messages in the syslog after NTP has started?

Nothing but the usual startup messages.

| Under WinNT there's a bug that the NTP service is unable to mobilize
| an associaton for a NTP server if that server is not online when the
| client starts up: http://bugs.ntp.isc.org/show_bug.cgi?id=450

This sounds as if ntpd does not work correctly on NT even if the
server is reachable.  This is not the problem here.  If the server is
reachable at client startup, ntp works ok.  It's only when the client
is started _before_ the server that the client does not reconsider the

But as I said, there are work-arounds, and the problem is currently


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