I am using my core switch cisco 4500E as NTP server for CUCM servers . the core switch sync its time with WAN firewall by stratum 6 which makes the core switch as stratum 7 for CUCM servers and this is not accepted.
how to make the core switch shows a valid NTP server with stratum 3 to my CUCM servers?
- First of all you would be violating the NTP protocol by this requirement and introduce a 'spoofed' server to the CUCM servers. Besides that the NTP protocol must support 16-stratum levels. If the CUCM servers don't want that then they are at fault and the problem should be resolved at their site of the fence....
You need to configure your core switch or WAN firewall to sync with an NTP server with better stratum.
What is the firewall syncing to? If the firewall is syncing to the Internet, you should be able to find stratum 1 servers.
Ideally, you should be able to buy your own stratum 1 appliance for you network
>I thought there is way to force my core switch to act as lower Stratum level.
- Because of the solidness of the NTP standard that is both not allowed and not possible.
If the NTP server is in HQ why can you not point your switch to the NTP server in HQ instead of the firewall?