I am often getting a large value in offset when checking using
ntpq -p, I am generally restating the ntpd daemon and it fixes the issue. I wanted to know if i can try the
ntpdate <ntp-server-name> instead of restarting the ntpd. Since this is a production box wanted to be sure before implementing it. Kindly suggest
ntpdate will decline to set the date if an NTP server daemon (e.g., ntpd) is running on the same host. When running ntpdate on a regular basis from cron as an alternative to running a daemon, doing so once every hour or two will result in precise enough timekeeping to avoid stepping the clock.