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Why the Directory Tree Mode parameter in Timesync was Removed

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By Siddharth Jagtiani

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Posted: 22 Aug 2003

As you may have noticed, the "Directory Tree Mode" parameter is not-funtional/missing in Timesync on CSP9 (NetWare 5.1 SP6, NetWare 6.0 SP3 and NetWare 6.5). Here's why this parameter was removed:

With this parameter ON, a secondary server looks up SLP to find a Timesync SINGLE server on its own eDirectory tree. In other words, if a Timesync SINGLE exists on the same eDirectory tree as the Timesync SECONDARY server, the Timesync SECONDARY server will find this server, insert it in its list of time providers, and synchronize to it.

With this parameter OFF, it will look up SLP for "any" Timesync SINGLE server regardless of which eDirectory tree it comes from. This has a potential to return an indeterminate and inconsistent number of servers. The first server will be selected for synchronization.

This can be a potential problem, because test setups could exist on the network and an OFF value could return multiple sources. This could lead to a inconsistent and indeterminate list of servers. And at every poll, this SLP search is done. This would mean that the time source would change every at poll. Therefore, this parameter was removed from Timesync.

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