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Picking outside NTP servers (Re: NTP Issues Today)



On Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 04:53:39PM -0500, Jay Ashworth wrote:
> For myself, I usually pick the first three in us.pool.ntp.org, tick and tock,
> time.nist.gov, and a couple of regionally appropriate large universities.

	I'd advise going through the RR for a while, and pick servers
close to you.  ntpd won't select a server that's more than 128ms away.
It also degrades accuracy.  Select for minimum latency, as well as
a diverse set of sources.  [Watch their refid over time, and make sure
they aren't slaving to the same set of servers, as well as others
you may be using.]

	It requires a bit of effort, but over time you get an idea what
public time servers are close to each of your locations, and diverse
from each other.

	--msa