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Installs and configures ntp, optionally set up a local NTP server.


Should work on any Red Hat-family or Debian-family Linux distribution.


  • ntp[:is_server]

    • Boolean, should be true or false, defaults to false
  • ntp:servers

    • Array, should be a list of upstream NTP public servers. The NTP protocol works best with at least 3 servers. The NTPD maximum is 7 upstream servers, any more than that and some of them will be ignored by the daemon.
  • ntp:peers

    • Array, should be a list of local NTP private servers. Configuring peer servers on your LAN will reduce traffic to upstream time sources, and provide higher availability of NTP on your LAN. Again the maximum is 7 peers
  • ntp:restrictions

    • Array, should be a list of restrict lines to restrict access to NTP clients on your LAN.


Set up the ntp attributes in a role. For example in a base.rb role applied to all nodes:

name "base"
  "ntp" => {
    "servers" => ["", ""]

Then in an ntpserver.rb role that is applied to NTP servers (e.g.,

name "base"
  "ntp" => {
    "is_server" => "true",
    "servers" => ["", ""]
    "peers" => ["", ""]
    "restrictions" => [" mask nomodify notrap"]

The used in these roles should be the names or IP addresses of internal NTP servers.



  • [COOK-952] - freebsd support
  • [COOK-949] - check for any virtual system not just vmware


  • Fixes COOK-376 (use LAN peers, iburst option, LAN restriction attribute)


  • Support scientific linux
  • Use service name attribute in resource (fixes EL derivatives)


Author:: Joshua Timberman (

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