NTP Pool Time Servers uses DNS round robin to make a random selection from a pool of time servers who have volunteered to be in the pool. This is often good enough for end-users. The minimal ntpd configuration file (e.g. /etc/ntpd.conf) for using is:

driftfile /var/lib/ntp/ntp.drift


If you use only one pool server, we recommend you the "bare" zone without a number, but if you use several, then use the numbered ones first.

ALERT! Any questions about the server pool should be directed either to the mailing list or to the comp.protocols.time.ntp usenet newsgroup.

IDEA! Time server operators are encouraged to visit the web-site to find out how they can join the NTP pool.

To make it possible to select a timeserver which is geographically close, we have sub-zones of The "continent" ones are:

ISO: Area: HostName:
North America
South America

There are also sub-zones for many countries. Click on your continent to see which country-zones are available there.

When using the by-country zones, be careful: some of them currently contain only one or two servers, so you are probably better off using either the zone of a nearby country, or using the continent or global zone (This is also valid if you live in a big country. For example, has only one server!).

Related topics: RulesOfEngagement, StratumTwoTimeServers, ManagingYourListEntries, SubmittingYourListEntriesViaEmail,

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Topic revision: r5 - 2005-08-19 - 02:29:00 - AskBjoernHansen
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