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How to setup NTP time server and sync time in SLES 11?

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This is using a SUSE Linux enterprise 11 server. I am thinking to setup this server as time server for other workstations to sync from. And at the same time, sync this server with Internet time server, how to do that?
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by:chrios
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This is not specific to SUSE, but usually you need to install ntpd, and in the file /etc/ntp.conf add one or more server lines (where you want to get the time from), and add a broadcast line to your subnet.

# list of servers to get the time from
server 0.pool.ntp.org
server 1.pool.ntp.org
server 2.pool.ntp.org
server 3.pool.ntp.org

# if your network is using 192.168.1.x/255.255.255.0
broadcast 192.168.1.255

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There are of course other settings in ntp.conf aswell, but server and broadcast is usually what you need to look at to get started.
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by:maques
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Install and configure ntpd (yast/network services/ntp servers) - it is both client and server.
Setting up "as client" - eg. to synchronize to internet - should be very easy.
Then set up to provide time services too, see wiki below "be a time server" section.
Make sure you run as daemon, not just at startup, firewall not blocking ntp [UDP 123], etc.

Best reference (relates to gentoo), but apart from that should be the same:
http://en.gentoo-wiki.com/wiki/NTP

simple setting up as client, short guide:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/suse-novell-60/ntp-time-servers-with-suse-10-2-a-538419/
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have followed all the steps. May be we overlooked are Novell AppArmor can blocked the ntpd through ntp profile. Keep on getting writing to /var/lib/ntp/drift/ntp.drift.TEMP permission denied problem. After disabled apparmor, the whole thing works.
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It really works
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