10.3.4 Packet Tracer – Configure and Verify NTP Answers

Packet Tracer – Configure and Verify NTP (Answers Version)

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In this activity, you will configure NTP on R1 and R2 to allow time synchronization.

Network Time Protocol (NTP) synchronizes the time of day among a set of distributed time servers and clients. While there are a number of applications that require synchronized time, this lab will focus on correlating events that are listed in the system log and other time-specific events from multiple network devices. NTP uses the User Datagram Protocol (UDP) as its transport protocol. All NTP communications use Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

An NTP server usually receives its time from an authoritative time source, such as an atomic clock attached to a time server. The NTP server then distributes this time across the network. NTP is extremely efficient. No more than one packet per minute is necessary to synchronize two devices to within a millisecond of each other.

Step 1:  NTP Server

  1. Server N1 is already configured as the NTP Server for this topology. Verify its configuration under Services > NTP.

Open configuration window

  1. From R1, ping N1 ( to verify connectivity. The ping should be successful.
  2. Repeat the ping to N1 from R2 to verify connectivity to N1.

Step 2:  Configure the NTP Clients

Cisco devices can be configured to refer to an NTP server to use to synchronize their clocks. It is important to keep time consistent among all devices. Configure R1 and R2 as NTP clients so their clocks are synchronized. Both R1 and R2 will use N1 server as their NTP server.

  1. Check the current NTP and clock settings as shown below:

R1# show ntp status

%NTP is not enabled.

R1# show clock detail

*0:1:53.745 UTC Mon Mar 1 1993

Time source is hardware calendar

  1. Configure R1 and R2 as NTP Clients. Use the ntp server command to specify an NTP server, as shown below:

R1# conf t

R1(config)# ntp server

  1. Repeat this configuration on R2.

Step 3:  Verify NTP settings

  1. Check the clocks on R1 and R2 again to verify that they are synchronized:

R1# show clock detail

12:7:18.451 UTC Sat Oct 12 2019

Time source is NTP

Note: When working on physical routers, allow a few minutes before R1 and R2 clocks are synchronized. With Packet Tracer you can use the Fast Forward Time button to speed up synchronization.

Execute the same command on R2.


Are the clocks synchronized?

Place your answers here.

Yes. R1 and R2 have the same time as N1.

  1. Check the NTP status and NTP associations by using the following commands to verify NTP operation and configuration.

R1# show ntp status

Clock is synchronized, stratum 2, reference is

<Output omitted>


R1# show ntp associations


address         ref clock       st   when     poll    reach  delay          offset            disp

*~     1    11       32      377    9.00           4.00              0.24

 * sys.peer, # selected, + candidate, – outlyer, x falseticker, ~ configured

Close configuration window

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