I would say that it is worth keeping in FreeIPA. I know myself and some
customers use its functionality by having the clients sync to the IPA
servers and have the servers sync to the NTP source. This way if the NTP
source ever gets disrupted for long periods of time (which has happened in
my environment) the client time drifts with the authentication source. This
is the way that AD often works and is configured.

On Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 7:05 AM, Jan Cholasta <jchol...@redhat.com> wrote:

> On 22.11.2016 13:06, Petr Spacek wrote:
>
>> On 22.11.2016 12:15, David Kupka wrote:
>>
>>> Hello everyone!
>>>
>>> Is it worth to keep configuring NTP in FreeIPA?
>>>
>>> In usual environment there're no special requirements for time
>>> synchronization
>>> and the distribution default (be it ntpd, chrony or anything else) will
>>> just
>>> work. Any tampering with the configuration can't make it any better.
>>>
>>> In environment with special requirements (network disconnected from
>>> public
>>> internet, nodes disconnected from topology for longer time, ...) time
>>> synchronization must be taken care of accordingly by system
>>> administrator and
>>> FreeIPA simply can't help here.
>>>
>>> Also there are problems and weird behavior with the current FreeIPA
>>> installers:
>>>
>>> * ipa-client-install replaces all servers in /etc/ntp.conf with the ones
>>> specified by user or resolved from DNS. If none were provided nor
>>> resolved the
>>> FreeIPA server specified/resolved during installation it used. This
>>> leads in
>>> just single server in the configuration and no time synchronization when
>>> this
>>> server is down/decommissioned.
>>>
>>> * ipa-client-install replaces the NTP configuration. If there was any
>>> parts
>>> previously edited by system administrator it's lost.
>>>
>>> * ipa-server-install adds {0-4}.$PLATFORM.pool.ntp.org to /etc/ntp.conf.
>>> What's the point in doing that? These servers're already in the
>>> configuration
>>> file installed with ntp package.
>>>
>>> I have NTP-related WIP patches that solve some of the issues but in
>>> general I
>>> would prefer to remove the whole thing together with documenting "Please
>>> make
>>> sure that time on all FreeIPA servers and clients is synchronized. On
>>> most
>>> distributions this was already done during system installation."
>>>
>>> Can we mark NTP options deprecated in 4.5 and remove them and stop
>>> touching
>>> any time syncing service in 4.6?
>>>
>>
>> Considering that default config is just fine for normal cases, and given
>> how
>> poorly integrated it is into FreeIPA, I agree with David. FreeIPA should
>> get
>> out of configuration management business.
>>
>
> +1
>
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