NTP is the abbreviation for Network Time Protocol and this protocol is used to synchronize clocks in systems connected to a network. NTP servers are responsible to provide the accurate time to the network clients and also adjust their clock if they lag behind or leap ahead.
There are different network servers based on their distance from the reference atomic clock and based on this they are commonly called as stratum 0 servers and stratum 1 servers and so on. Any NTP server needs to be configured so that it can start performing its intended function and here is a quick brief of what needs to be done to configure a simple Network Time Protocol sever.
NTP servers are very easy to install and configure if you want only the minimal functionality of sync the clocks. It also does not take much time to set up your server and make it running. The first and foremost requirement for any network device is an IP address.
As a networking device NTP server also requires an IP. Providing a static IP address to the server is a better option as in DHCP, the addresses are leased and are subject to change when the powered on. Once this is done, the next key requirement is that the device need to synchronize its internal reference clock with the external timing reference selected.
This may be a direct atomic clock or a GPS signal or a local radio time reference. This sync may take some 30 minutes time and this depends on the drift of the local clock when the server was powered off. Once this is also done, your NTP server is ready and can provide accurate time to the entire network client and also to other infrastructure devices on the network. Following these step we am sure you can configure your server in just a few minutes.
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