Why can't Junos NTP be a primary source ? In my lab, I have to setup a different vendor to be a "primary source".
Thank you for your help.
Junos device can only work as NTP server when it is synchronized to the external NTP server. This is by design, to protect you from situations where local time drifts significantly from "real" time, over large time intervals, due to small difference in clock rate. It is assumed here that external server is connected, directly or via other server(s), to stratum-0 clock (atomic or satellite system).
I suppose that Juniper's thinking on this, is good for real-life setups. But for labbing, it is not helpful at all.
I have fixed it by putting a cisco device in my lab.
Thanks for the responses.
Just to add my 2 cents on this….
Configuring the NTP Time Server and Time Services
When you use NTP, configure the router or switch to operate in one of the following modes:
The pool.ntp.org project is a big virtual cluster of timeservers providing reliable easy to use NTP service for millions of clients.
You can get the router sync with the public NTP server or a imple ntp server application for windows will suffice the requirement…
Configuring the Router or Switch to Operate in Server Mode
In server mode, the router or switch acts as an NTP server for clients when the clients are configured appropriately. The only prerequisite for “server mode” is that the router or switch must be receiving time from another NTP peer or server. No other configuration is necessary on the router or switch.
For a lab you can setup one Junos device in server mode syncing to a public NTP source like the
tick.usno.navy.mil - 220.127.116.11 / tock.usno.navy.mil - 18.104.22.168
Then have all the other devices in client mode to this master Junos device.
See chapter 9 on NTP