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NTP Distribution Disabled

Hey All,

I am attempting to get NTP working in a closed area (no access to internet). I am running a pair of Nexus 9000s, one of which is to act as the time server. Following the configuration guide below:


After entering config t, entering "ntp distribute" results in an unknown command error. There is only one VDC on this switch. Feature ntp was entered already (although it doesn't show in the running config), and re-entering returns a response that NTP is enabled. Entering "ntp ?" doesn't show distribute, commit or abort as an option.


Any ideas would be welcome,


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BIOS: version 08.32
NXOS: version 7.0(3)I6(1)
BIOS compile time: 10/18/2016
NXOS image file is: bootflash:///nxos.7.0.3.I6.1.bin
NXOS compile time: 5/16/2017 22:00:00 [05/17/2017 06:21:28]

cisco Nexus9000 C9504 (4 Slot) Chassis ("Supervisor Module")
Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2403 v2 @ 1.80GHz with 16401012 kB of memory.
Processor Board ID FOC212733G2

Device name: xxxxxxxxx
bootflash: 21693714 kB
Kernel uptime is 539 day(s), 1 hour(s), 31 minute(s), 38 second(s)

Last reset
Reason: Unknown
System version: 7.0(3)I6(1)

Core Plugin, Ethernet Plugin

Active Package(s):

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vtp 1 disabled

On the other note, if you like to be N9K to be athoritative NTP Server.


suggest to  config as ntp master


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It has been set as NTP Master 1

Any other ideas?

Reza Sharifi
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Try enabling cfs first and ntp distribute

cfs distribute


The switch accepts CFS Distribute, however NTP Distribute errors out as an unknown command

Any other ideas?

I dont see the command as supported on the 9ks in any config guides ,onky 7ks show it and as Reza stated thats how it is turned on in nx-os when supported ,cfs first then ntp distribute

Ok, is there a way then to turn on NTP distribution on a 9K?

Any answer this question?


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