[ntp:questions] Timekeeping on Windows 2008r2 VM on Linux QEMU/KVM

Harlan Stenn stenn at ntp.org
Wed Jan 21 22:40:38 UTC 2015

Rob writes:
> Sander Smeenk <ssmeenk at freshdot.net> wrote:
>> What is actually wrong with running ntpdate to initially sync a
>> clock?  Why is the ntpdate.exe binary provided when 'we' shouldnt use
>> it?  Keep in mind that i 'just want to get to seconds accuracy'
>> before i start ntpd.
> The problem is that you give the clock an initial kick that ntpd does
> not know about, and it tends to have problems correcting that.
> This sometimes results in the problems you are seeing.

This sounds like total BS to me.

ntpd has no way of knowing what went on before it was started, and I'm
not aware of anything on either Windows or Unix that would cause any
applied immediate adjustment to have *any* residual affect on ntp.

But perhaps you know something I don't - please say more.


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