[ntp:questions] NTP Sync Issues

David Woolley david at ex.djwhome.demon.co.uk.invalid
Sun Jun 8 12:36:46 UTC 2008

Richard B. Gilbert wrote:

> If the above accurately describes the REAL configuration, you have 
> exactly two upstream servers which is the worst possible configuration!
> When the two disagree, which one should NTPD believe?
> Four servers are the minimum for a robust configuration.  Five, seven, 
> and nine are the remaining "magic" numbers.  Few sites actually need 
> more than four or five upstream servers.
> DO NOT use burst!  Burst was a special purpose hack intended for sites 
> that connect to a server by telephone two or three times a day.  Iburst 
> is good.  Burst, except in the special circumstances it was designed for 
> places a heavy and unwarranted load on its servers!

Note that none of these are relevant to this issue, unless you are 
getting both positive and negative steps and at least one of the servers 
is not really synchronised.

As you say that it only drops back, none of these issues are relevant.

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