[ntp:questions] ntp server specs

Richard B. Gilbert rgilbert88 at comcast.net
Wed Apr 20 23:48:01 UTC 2011

On 4/20/2011 5:07 PM, C BlacK wrote:
> If I am setting up an ntp server for a lot machines, I have some questions.
> If the timing on client machines needs to be tight, should the ntp server be an x86 machine with a less than accurate clock
> or a ntp server with a very accurate clock.
> I want the clients to track closely to server.
> Chip

You don't really care what hardware the server runs on!  X86 should work 
as well as any other architecture.

The software is somewhat more important.  Linux works well on the X86 
platform and could reasonably be used as an NTP server.  Windows on X86, 
or anything else, is not nearly as good a time keeper, as Linux, Unix, 
OpenVMS and perhaps others.

NTPD does not place a heavy load on most modern hardware; you should 
never notice that it's there unless you go looking for it.

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