[ntp:questions] Release Candidate for new Windows Installer(4.2.4p3-RC1)

David J Taylor david-taylor at blueyonder.not-this-part.nor-this-bit.co.uk
Fri Jun 29 14:05:54 UTC 2007

Heiko Gerstung wrote:
> Hi there!
> I uploaded a new version of the Windows Installer to our webserver,
> including the brand new 4.2.4p3-RC1 version of NTP. This is a release 
> candidate
> version, I ask everybody to carefully test this release and let me
> know if you experience any glitches or errors. Please do not use it
> in life systems or production environments (no, not even in your
> local nuclear power plant controlling system!).
> This version includes the fix for bug #527 which prevented us from
> releasing a new stable version of ntpd for Windows for several
> months. The only special modification I added was a small fix that
> lets NT4 SP6 clients run this version as well (although Autokey might
> not work on NT4 machines).
> The new release will be called "foehr", simply because Foehr (in
> German: Föhr) is a nice island in the Northern Sea
> (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F%C3%B6hr) and exactly the place where I 
> will spend two weeks of vacation
> (starting on Monday) ... hopefully chilling on the beach with my
> laptop and a decent wifi connection at hand :-)
> Please download the new installer version from here:
> http://www.meinberg.de/download/ntp/windows/experimental/ntp-4.2.4p3-RC1@foehr-o-win32-setup.exe
> And please do not link to this URL, I will remove this file as soon
> as I returned from vacation and created a new, official stable release.
> That one will be downloadable from our regular NTP download page at
> http://www.meinberg.de/english/sw/ntp.htm
> As usual, you can contact me or my colleagues at Meinberg if you face
> any difficulties with the installer or NTP on Windows machines.
> Please contact ntp-support at meinberg.de !
> Best Regards,
>  Heiko


Many thanks for making this version available.

This release seems to be OK on Windows 2000 Prof, Windows XP Home and 
Prof, but still has problems with Windows NT 4 SP 6 Server.  On NT 4, the 
initial connection is made only to a server on the LAN, and not to the 
servers on the Internet.  NTP then says synced to that local server.  A 
few minutes later, that server shows with a reach of 370.  Then 360. 
However, about 12 - 14 minutes after starting, a "No servers reachable" 
message is logged in the Event log, and an ntpq -p shows that ntpd is no 
longer synced.  Reach is then 0.


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