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Rneuschul
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Time Services

Postby Rneuschul » Sun Oct 09, 2005 4:14 pm

I'd like to suggest that the list of time servers be altered to ONLY point at pool.ntp.org

NTP.ORG is the home of a common organisation for the development of global time services, and is now the de facto timeservice: it has IETF standing.

pool.ntp.org is a global round-robin service and will automatically failover to the nearest available time server to you, wherever you are in the world. Should your nearest local time server not be available then the round-robin will automatically forward your synch enquiry onwards to the next nearest time server.

Using pool.ntp.org removes the need for a long list of time servers.

Robert Neuschul

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Postby willynt » Tue Oct 18, 2005 2:59 pm

Hi Robert,

Very interesting!
I will update/replace the list in the next release.

Thx
William

Guest

Postby Guest » Tue Oct 25, 2005 8:12 pm

Be very very very careful using this system ... pool.ntp.org will take many servers that are unverified. we ended up with a date of 1900 something and everything was hosed - accounts were getting expired, warning messages were going out, etc ... just be careful whose NTP server you trust is all Im saying.

Sam

Guest

Postby Guest » Thu Oct 27, 2005 7:26 am

A related point:
That's also a problem with IP updating based on what a remote site says. Sometimes sites go bad and give an incorrect IP address. A good feature to have would be a setting that says:
if a new IP address is detected, verify with the next IP site on the list (or the next n sites), and ONLY if they agree, UPDATE.

e.g.
whatismyip.com says your ip has changed to 200.1.2.3
the next site you have for checking ip is tellmemyip.com
If tellmemyip.com also says your ip is 200.1.2.3, then and only then change it.


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