Proper Method of Time Sync?

Brock, Anthony - NET Anthony.Brock at
Fri Apr 14 16:36:11 UTC 2006

At 11:40 AM 4/14/2006, Jonathan Horne wrote:
>i have read about 2 methods to sync the time on a freebsd box.
>...i have a workstation and a server, which i originally did method 
>1 on, but soon enough, time drifted quite a bit.  so i switched it 
>to the 2nd method, and they appear to be sync'd perfectly.  a third 
>box i set up, i did only method 2, and this one did not stay synced 
>at all.  after i manually ran 'ntpdate -v -b', this 
>box straightend up.

Also, you should consider using one of the NTP server pools instead of
hard-coding one. This gives you one of several low-stratum servers each
time you boot and distributes the load for the time servers:


If you're in the US, you could a regional server with:

In the UK:


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