[ntp:questions] NTP 4.2.8p10 released
david-taylor at blueyonder.co.uk.invalid
Fri May 12 07:32:45 UTC 2017
On 12/05/2017 06:33, Jakob Bohm wrote:
> Note that all recent/current versions of the Windows Time Service are
> in fact SNTP/NTP implementations, with quality of implementation
> improving in newer versions.
> Old (now unsupported) versions of the Windows Time Service violated the
> SNTP/NTP specification in ways that required special workarounds in
> standard NTP servers. Even older implementations that didn't even
> include a service named "windows time service" used simplistic time
> queries over the SMB protocol.
> Besides being included with the OS, the "windows time service"
> typically defaults to imposing a much lower load on the selected time
> source, by using much longer poll intervals. In "Active Directory"
> (Windows 2000 and later) setups, there is also a dead simple automatic
> configuration, where each machine simply syncs against it's nearest
> "upstream" in the authentication/management hierarchy, limiting
> practical management work to machines that have no such "upstream",
> such as the 2 to 4 machines at the top of the tree. And of cause
> machines needing more precise time than needed by the basic Windows
If the Windows Time Service is good enough for your needs, then use it.
Multi-platform operation, ease of management, monitoring, accuracy,
ability to accept reference clocks make the reference NTP my preferred
choice for Windows.
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