Reset NTP Daemon to sync with time server

Posted on 2011-02-16
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I need to reset ntp daemon to sync with time server. The server is running as a VM and is Debian based Linux server.
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AriMc earned 500 total points
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Edit your /etc/ntp.conf and file the lines starting with "server. Edit the hostnames to contain your preferred ntp-servers:

server 0.debian.pool.ntp.org iburst dynamic
server 1.debian.pool.ntp.org iburst dynamic
server 2.debian.pool.ntp.org iburst dynamic
server 3.debian.pool.ntp.org iburst dynamic

Then restart ntp-service

/etc/init.d/ntp restart

Check the results after a few minutes:

ntpq -p

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why do you not have VMware Tools installed and Sync-ing time with the host?

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Hanccocka,  good question, I did not install the software and the person who did is gone and left very little documentation.  I would not know how to install the VMware Tools on linux if my life depended on it.
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What do I look for to see if the process was successful?
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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It's beneficial to have VMware Tools installed not just for Time Sync.

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How do I edit the  /etc/ntp.conf file and how to I install VMWare tools on the Linux server?
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cdjc earned 252 total points
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It's important to note that if your Debian VM was configured to synch time with NTP, as opposed to using VMware Tools, then there is a possibility that any other VMs are also set to sync to that same time source, and there could be a valid reason for doing so (Corporate standards, etc.)

You want to make sure that you confirm what the standard time sync practice is on all of your virtual and physical machines before you go ahead with configuring VMware Tools to sync the time with the host.

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AriMc earned 500 total points
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When your ntp is running and reaching the ntp-servers, you'll see a listing like this with ntpq -p.
The reach, delay, offset and jitter values are mostly non-zeros when it works fine.

remote           refid      st t when poll reach   delay   offset  jitter
-ntp1.hut.fi     2 u  306  512  377    9.010   -0.037   0.080
+ntp2.kolumbus.f     2 u  303  512  377    8.861    0.599   0.176
+tursas.miuku.ne    2 u  280  512  377    8.774    0.436   0.127
-xdsl-83-150-82-     2 u  446  512  377   16.629    9.370  11.706
*ntp2.tdc.fi     .PPS.            1 u  448  512  377   11.140    0.487   0.106
-maukkaat.tontut     2 u  298  512  377   12.966   -0.206   0.372

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