Well, I got no responses to my request for assistance setting up NTPD on
FreeBSD, but today I must’ve just been Googling better, because I found the
resources I needed.
The most important site I found was the NTP configuration page from Computer
Facilities Management at the University of Washington. It was valuable because
it provided some simple ntpd.conf file samples that set up
ntpd to run only
as a client. So no I’m confident that no one will try to connect to my servers
and cause any mischief. The CFM NTP page also helpfully pointed out that I could
easily enable ntpd on my Red Hat box by typing
chkconfig ntpd on.
Another interesting site I found is www.pool.ntp.org. The cool thing about
pool.ntp.org as the time server to synchronize my servers to is that it
distributes the load to lots of time servers. So I set up my ntpd.conf files
to point first to
pool.ntp.org, and then to two geographically close servers.
And finally, this DynDNS page gave me the instruction I needed to get
running on FreeBSD. All I had to do was add
/etc/rc.conf. I restarted my box, and now I’m in business!
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