[ntp:questions] running NTP as server only

Chuck Swiger cswiger at mac.com
Wed Aug 18 18:02:11 UTC 2010


On Aug 17, 2010, at 7:58 AM, folkert wrote:
> Is it possible to run the NTP daemon only as a server and not as a
> local-clock maintainer?
> Reason: I have a virtual machine which gets its time via the vmware
> tooling from the hardware server it is running on. Now this virtual
> machine needs to distribute the time to clients.

Virtual machines make terrible timesources-- 10's to 100's of milliseconds of jitter are not unusual.  If you need to run ntpd on that specific hardware, run it in the "host ESX" or Xen's Dom0 instead, and not in one of the hosted virtual machines.


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