[ntp:questions] query on NTP - ORPHAN MODE

sheikdawoodrajali at gmail.com sheikdawoodrajali at gmail.com
Sun Apr 19 18:56:24 UTC 2009

I am testing NTP - ORPHAN mode in Windows XP using 6 nodes in the n/w.

1) I've identically configured the nodes (6 nos) using the below
config file
as both broadcastclient and broadcast mode with orphan mesh.

driftfile "C:\NTP\etc\ntpd.drift"
keys "C:\NTP\etc\ntpd.keys"
trustedkey 1
tinker panic 0
tos orphan 6
broadcast key 1
2) NONE of the nodes are configured to use external servers.

3) During testing I noticed that ALL of the nodes become orphan parent
and FAILED to sync each other with SAME stratum.

1) Is the test scenario is valid?

2) Is this an expected behaviour ( it will FAIL to sync when there is
no time-sync) ?

2) Will nodes time-sync in ORPHAN MODE ONLY when One or more
configured to use an outside source (either a reference clock or
Internet server) and system stratum set as orphan stratum and a leader
is elected
to serve as the reference source??

Please clarify. Your response would be of great help to me.

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