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Configuring an External NTP Source with NetWare 5

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Posted: 12 Jul 2002

Using NTP to poll time from External Time source over TCP/IP is easy with NetWare 5.

1. If the server is a NetWare 5.0 server, then install Support Pack 5 or later. If the server is a NetWare 5.1 server, then install Support Pack 1 or later.

2. On the SINGLE or REFERENCE time server, load MONITOR.NLM | Server Parameters | Time, and change the following parameters

TIMESYNC Configured Sources = ON

        TIMESYNC Time Sources = IP_address_of_Internet_time_source:123;  
		Where 123 is the NTP port on that time source.

Example: TIMESYNC Time Sources =;

3. Verify the Timesync configuration information has been updated / changed in the SYS:SYSTEM\TIMESYNC.CFG and SYS:SYSTEM\AUTOEXEC.NCF files.

4. At the console prompt, Unload TIMESYNC, Load TIMESYNC

Possible Internet Time sources:

  • U.S. Naval Observatory;
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory;
  • NASA Ames Research Center;
  • MIT;
  • NIST Central Computer Facility;

For more info, see TID 10011518

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