Network Time Protocol - BlueCat Integrity - 9.4.0

Address Manager Administration Guide

Product name
BlueCat Integrity

From the Address Manager user interface you can enable NTP service and add IP addresses for a hierarchy of NTP servers.

Network time protocol (NTP) service is essential to some of the more complex DNS/DHCP Server and Address Manager functions, such as xHA and DHCP failover, and differential deployment. A specific external time reference is also essential to some organizations for reports and compliance tracking. The NTP services on DNS/DHCP Server act as both a source of NTP synchronization for clients and as clients themselves to another NTP service that synchronizes the clock reference they provide.

To configure NTP on a DNS/DHCP Server appliance:

  1. From the configuration drop-down menu, select a configuration.
  2. Select the Servers tab. Tabs remember the page you last worked on, so select the tab again to ensure you're on the Configuration information page.
  3. Under Servers, click the name of a BDDS. The Details tab for the server opens.
  4. Click the server name menu and select Service Configuration.
  5. Click the server name menu and select Service Configuration. The Service Configuration page opens.
  6. From the Service Type drop-down menu, select Network Time Protocol (NTP). Address Manager queries the server and returns the current values for the service settings.
  7. Under General Settings, set the following parameters:
    • Enable NTP Service—select this check box to enable the NTP service; deselect this check box to disable the NTP service.
    • NTP Server—enter the fully-qualified domain name or IP address for a remote NTP server from which Address Manager or DNS/DHCP Server will reference the time.
    • Stratum—select a stratum value for the NTP server being added. This value will be associated to an individual NTP server specified in the NTP Server field. Select Default to use the stratum value set on the remote NTP server.
    Note: Stratum values indicate the hierarchy level for the NTP server, which is the number of servers to a reference clock. This is used by the NTP client to avoid synchronization loops by preferring servers with a lower stratum.
  8. Click Add to associate a stratum value to a server and add them to the list. To remove a server, select it from the list and click Remove. The top-most NTP server will be queried first, then the second, and continues down the list. To change the order of servers in the list, select a server in the list and click Move up or Move down.
    By default, the NTP Server list contains at least the following IP addresses:
    • DNS/DHCP Server NTP list:
      • the IP address for the Address Manager appliance managing the DNS/DHCP Server
    • Address Manager NTP list:
      • the Local Reference Clock ( on the connected server.
  9. Click Update.