Network Time Protocol (NTP) on NetWare 6.0 Beta
The Network Time Protocol (NTP) is used to synchronize servers, which are NTPv3 compliant. Operating systems like NetWare, Linux*, and Solaris* are NTPv3 compliant.
Novell eDirectory and other products like storage, auditing and messaging rely heavily on consistent and reliable time stamps for its objects. Without consistent and reliable time stamps, synchronization of directories is not possible.
NTP addresses fault tolerance in the form of a time provider group. In a time provider group, all the servers in one geographical location network obtain time from other servers in the same network. Only one server communicates with a server outside the network and obtains time from it. Therefore, the network traffic across the geographical locations reduces, minimizing traffic across routers and WANs.
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This is a leading edge component and as such is not yet supported. Novell does not recommend the use of these unsupported components in a production environment.