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Synchronize chrony with a Windows NTP Server

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chronyd is a daemon for synchronization of the system clock. When setting chrony to synchronize with a Windows NTP, for instance and using the default configuration file (/etc/chrony.conf), the server will be displayed as “unusable”. The output is similar to the following:
# /usr/bin/chronyc -n sources
MS Name/IP address         Stratum Poll Reach LastRx Last sample               
^?                  1   6   377    61   -11.4s[ -11.4s] +/-  11.0s

On the above output, the server is marked with ^?:
^ means this is a server
? means this server is currently unusable.

Alternatively, use /usr/bin/chronyc -n sources -v for further details and explanation of each column on the output displayed.


Edit the /etc/chrony.conf making sure to add the maxdistance parameter. Example below:
server iburst 
driftfile /var/lib/chrony/drift
maxdistance 16.0    # <--- if your NTP is a Windows Server, then use this as starting value. Adapt if necessary.
makestep 1.0 3
keyfile /etc/chrony.keys
leapsectz right/UTC
logdir /var/log/chrony

From the chrony.conf man page:
By default, the maximum root distance is 3 seconds.
Setting maxdistance to a larger value can be useful to allow synchronisation with a server that only has a very infrequent connection to its sources and can accumulate a large dispersion between updates of its clock.


The default maximum root distance (of 3 seconds) is being used.

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  • Document ID:000020824
  • Creation Date: 26-Oct-2022
  • Modified Date:26-Oct-2022
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