How to Configure NTP for Use in the NTP Pool Project

May 21, 2017

Daniel Ziegenberg wrote a tutorial for Digital Ocean on configuring NTP for the NTP Pool on Ubuntu. Oliver Nadler has another tutorial covering non-Ubuntu, too.

NTP Pool Forum

Jan 1, 2017

There’s a new forum for discussion related to the NTP Pool at Please come join us. There are a couple interesting threads about the recent leap second and lots of empty space for your questions or suggestions. :-)

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Excessive load on NTP servers

Dec 19, 2016

Since last Tuesday some countries have seen an excessive number of queries to the NTP Pool.

After much detective work on nanog (conclusion) and the #NTP IRC channel it was determined to be a buggy Snapchat app update.

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Equipment failure

Nov 29, 2016

A network switch failed causing an outage for the management system and the NTP Pool website. The DNS and NTP services should only be minorly affected, even if the outage lasts a little while. I’ll update status website with updates.

NTP Best Current Practices

Nov 4, 2016

The IETF has published a new version of NTP Best Current Practices documenting learned best practices on how to run NTP servers and clients.

If you know a little about the NTP protocol reading it will be a quick way to learn more about how it works “in the wild” (including on your own systems).

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System status page

Aug 27, 2016

Thanks to the kind folks at we now have a system status page. It’s also available at an alternate domain.

Most of the data is updated manually, so it won’t be any better than the busy humans can manage, but it’ll be a better system for giving system updates than posting here (or on the dicussion mailing list).

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