[ntp:questions] New features for Windows NTP Installer
David J Taylor
david-taylor at blueyonder.not-this-bit.nor-this-bit.co.uk
Tue Jul 31 19:53:03 UTC 2007
Heiko Gerstung wrote:
> I am currently working on a new version of the installer and would
> like to hear any feature requests you might have.
> At the moment I am working on adding Start Menu entries (can be
> deselected of course but will be enabled per default) for
> - starting/stopping/restarting the service (using micro batch files a
> la "net start ntp"
> - basic NTP status monitoring (running "ntpq -p" in a DOS box, requery
> every 10s)
> - documentation (official HTML docs if installed plus Installer
> Readme) - weblinks (to www.ntp.org, www.ntp.isc.org, www.pool.ntp.org
> - the configuration file (allows you to edit it with the assigned
> program, e.g. for ".conf" files)
> This will add a little bit more visibility to NTP on Windows machines,
> at least for the regular users.
> I will do some tests with the service dependencies (checking out
> DNSCache for example) on various flavors of Windows and will add the
> possibility to take care of the Windows firewall settings during an
> unattended install (the current version of the installer checks for
> the firewall settings during an interactive installation).
> If you have any other suggestions, please let me know. This would also
> be a very good time to report any bugs you still see in the current
> installer version!
All sounds good.
With my own "restart" file, I do use the Windows "sleep" command (part of
the resource kit), so that you can:
net stop ntp
net start ntp
giving you the chance to see that it has started properly, and that some
servers have been found. I needed this on my portable, as NTP would try
and start before DNS was working (i.e. before the wireless link had been
You /might/ want to add an association between .conf files and Notepad, so
that Notepad becomes the .conf file editor. This should probably be
optional, but defaulted "on".
I also like the idea of a link to the official documentation on the Web.
Wherever that is. <G>
I wouldn't add too many menu entries, though.
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