Posted on 11-19-2018 10:47 AM
With the release of macOS Mojave the command I was using to set the system clocks of our Mac lab systems stopped working. Here is the old command:
ntpdate -bvs time-a.nist.gov
And here are three examples of the new command:
sudo sntp -sS time.apple.com
sudo sntp -sSt 10 time-b.nist.gov
sudo sntp -sSt 4 time.nrc.ca
Perhaps it is not a surprise that of the three servers listed above, the Canadian time server is the fastest and therefore the most accurate, but then again I am in Canada. Apple, of course, configures Mac systems out-of-the box to talk to its own server, time.apple.com. The NIST server sometimes times out frequently, even with a 10 second timeout. Perhaps someone here can suggest a better time server.
For reference, here is a link to the NRC’s NTP page which includes information about a subscription service to an authenticated time server:
I'm sure there are similar servers in the USA and elsewhere.
Posted on 11-19-2018 12:07 PM
try using just time.nist.gov and see if the response time is any better.
Posted on 11-19-2018 12:29 PM
I'm pretty sure systemsetup still works for setting the time server.
systemsetup -setusingnetworktime on -setnetworktimeserver time-a.nist.gov
Posted on 11-19-2018 01:17 PM
Yeah, we use systemsetup, I'm pretty certain that's the way Apple recommends to do it.
Posted on 05-03-2019 12:11 AM
Thank you. sudo sntp is just what I needed for testing new ntp server installations.