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NTP and Mavericks

  • Charles Edge
  • Oct 24, 2013

Configuring NTP on the latest version of OSX is, in typical Apple fashion, almost deceptively easy.  As in previous versions of OSX any Mac can serve as an Network Time Protocol server with the check of one button.  Once this is done you’ll be able to act as a network clock for any computer on your local area network.

To get ntpd going, simply do the following.

First open your system preferences and head over to date & time

Screen Shot 2013-10-22 at 4.54.17 PMYou’ll notice that the box to update from a network time server is unhecked.  And if you look at the following port scan you’ll see that the NTP port, port 123, is closed.

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Now check the box

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And notice that the NTP daemon starts up and listens on the correct port.

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What could be easier?  Now get out there and synchronize your stop watches!

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