NTP is a protocol built on top of TCP/IP that assures accurate local timekeeping with reference to radio, atomic or other clocks located on the Internet. This protocol is capable of synchronizing distributed clocks within milliseconds over long time periods. It is defined in STD 12, RFC 1119 (definition from The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, http://wombat.doc.ic.ac.uk/)
Several UMCE services expect that system clocks on client machines are synchronized with the clocks on server machines. In particular, the Kerberos authentication service protects against certain types of attack by time-stamping transactions, and refusing to honor requests that appear to be "replays" of previously-honored requests. Additionally, the Andrew File System (AFS), which forms the basis of the Institutional File System (IFS) uses Kerberos for authentication.
The package which implements the latest version of NTP is called xntp, and was developed at the University of Delaware. You can obtain the latest version of xntp via anonymous ftp to terminator.rs.itd.umich.edu in the file /unix/xntp/xntp-src.tar.Z. You may also find binary distributions there. Filenames for binary distributions will be named xntp-VERSION-OSNAME.tar.Z, e.g. the binary distribution for SunOS is named xntp-3.4h-sunos4.tar.Z
First, decide which machine will be your time server. One machine in your department will "peer" with the ITD timeservers, and will also broadcast time on your local network. If your department has multiple subnets, you should provide one server for each subnet. Choose a machine which is likely to be available all the time to be your server. Since NTP imposes a very small load on a server, feel free to choose a departmental fileserver as an NTP server. Send mail to email@example.com with the domain name and IP address of the machine(s) which will be NTP server(s) in your department, along with a contact name and phone number. Note: this service is for University of Michigan departments only!
Second, obtain and install the NTP software on your server machine(s). The source distribution is available via anonymous ftp from terminator.rs.itd.umich.edu in /unix/xntp. Building the distribution from source is simple, assuming you have some experience building UNIX software from source code. We recommend that you compile and install the source distribution, instead of using a binary distribution. However, we understand that vendors are unbundling compilers, and some of you may not be able to compile the source. If you need help with the source or binary distributions, ask firstname.lastname@example.org.
The current version of NTP (3.4) runs on many OS platforms, including SunOS version 4 and 5 (e.g. Solaris), HP/UX versions 8 and 9, Ultrix versions 3 and 4, OSF/1, IRIX, AIX, A/UX, PTX, FreeBSD, NetBSD, BSD/386, Linux, and Unixware.
Use ftp to copy the file to your /tmp partition. Change directory to your /usr/local partition, become root, and type "zcat /tmp/distfilename | tar xvf -", where distfilename is the name of the binary distribution file you downloaded from terminator. This will create the /usr/local/ntp directory.
Uncompress and untar the source distribution in the area you normally use for building software. In the xntp source area, type make makeconfig. This step sets up the Makefiles for your machine. Then type make. The xntp software will be built. When the build is complete, create the destination directories with the commands:
mkdir /usr/local/ntp mkdir /usr/local/ntp/bin mkdir /usr/local/ntp/etc mkdir /usr/local/ntp/man
The, install the sofware with make install. You may also want to copy man pages to the destination directory with cp doc/*.8 /usr/local/ntp/man.
Once you've got the software installed, there are three steps you need to follow for each machine (server and client) you'll be installing ntp on:
# # Start up xnptd # if [ -f /usr/local/ntp/etc/rc.ntp ]; then sh /usr/local/ntp/etc/rc.ntp fi
xntpdc> peers remote local st poll reach delay offset disp ======================================================================= +destroyer.rs.it 22.214.171.124 2 256 377 0.00679 0.011446 0.00146 +barbarian.rs.it 126.96.36.199 2 1024 377 0.00294 0.014128 0.00436 ^188.8.131.52 0.0.0.5 16 64 0 0.00000 0.000000 16.0000 *runningman.rs.i 184.108.40.206 2 256 377 0.00275 0.017432 0.01590Be sure that there are entries for the three ITD departmental nameservers (barbarian, runningman, and destroyer), and that there is an entry for your local net. The "st" (stratum) column for the ITD time servers should be "2", indicating that the ITD time servers are stratum-2 servers, e.g. they obtain their time from stratum-1 servers, which are directly connected to external time reference sources. If the stratum for any ITD time server is "16" then your server is not synchronizing successfully with the ITD time server. Contact email@example.com for help.
xntpdc> peers remote local st poll reach delay offset disp ======================================================================= -terminator.rs.i 220.127.116.11 3 64 10 0.00357 -0.156388 16.0000Be sure that your departmental server is listed, and that the stratum is "3". If the stratum for your departmental time server is "16" then your deparmental server is not broadcasting time on your subnet. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for help.