I'm quite taken by Proper NTP configuration for a few servers , though I must admit to a (small) hand in the refinement process. The OP has put together an answer that reads well and synthesises a lot of best-practice guidance. So my question is twofold:

  1. Is at what point should I stop NTP sync'ing all my servers to community time sources, establish an internal timeserver pool, and sync the rest of my servers to those a suitable question for canonisation? And if so

  2. Does this particular example of that question contain enough goodness to make the question a candidate for canonisation?

  • Is this really not a published best practice for Linux? In Windows-land, the tiered time sync approach has been the MS recommendation for as long as I've been in this career. I guess I assumed it was the same in Linux-land as well. Commented Feb 2, 2015 at 8:35
  • @HopelessN00b an excellent point. If you can find a respected guide that makes that explicit recommendation for us benighted Free Software types, I'd really like to see it.
    – MadHatter
    Commented Feb 2, 2015 at 8:36


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