Configure NTP client on Solaris 10

You need to start by editing the /etc/inet/ntp.conf file

# cat /etc/inet/ntp.conf
# define driftfile
driftfile /etc/inet/ntp.drift

# define servers:

# define peers:

Now you need to start up the ntp deamon.

Below is how you would do it in soalris 10.

root@server#svcadm enable ntp
root@server#svcs |grep ntp
online 13:35:01 svc:/network/ntp:default

  [root@server# ps -ef|grep ntp<br /> root 1459 1188 0 13:37:23 console 0:00 grep ntp<br /> root 1393 1 0 13:35:01 ? 0:00 /usr/lib/inet/xntpd

You can also check the status using ntpq command at the command line.  There are many other useful commands that can be used for ntpq, which you can see by issuing the command help.

ntpq> peers
remote           refid      st t when poll reach   delay   offset  jitter
+   2 u  597 1024  377   28.365   11.667  26.918
-ns1.keeleysam.c   2 u  579 1024  377   66.606   29.525 105.990
+server1-a.your.    2 u   98 1024  377   45.574   -4.273   1.323
*   .ACTS.           1 u  316 1024  157   71.618   -3.789   0.983

Other wise use the approate /etc/init.d/ntpd  script

Some important notes to keep in mind when setting up ntp.

If the accuracy of a clock becomes too insufficient (off by more than about 17 minutes), NTP aborts the NTP daemon, with the assumption that something has gone wrong with either the client or server. In order to synchronize well with a server, the client needs to avoid step adjustments.1

Which means if you clock is more then 17 minutes off when settign up NTP you should set it by hand first because NTP gets angry if it is off by more then 17 seconds