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Mainframe NTP client?

 
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GeekyLotus

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2007 10:51 pm    Post subject: Mainframe NTP client?
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Hi!

I have searched the forums and have found no information on NTP clients on Z/OS.

For security purposes, we need all of our various platforms to get their system time from a remote NTP server to stay synchronized.

We do not own the system we are on. Rather, we lease an LPAR on a large system. I don't know if this fact has bearing.

The owners of the mainframe say that we will need something called a sysplex timer to accomplish this. I would like some insight on why this might be needed. I would think that a simple NTP client should suffice. Does it have to do with multiple LPARS having minute and second differences on their system clocks?

Thank you.

Terry
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dick scherrer

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 12:23 am    Post subject:
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Hello Terry and welcome to the forums,

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I have searched the forums and have found no information on NTP clients on Z/OS.
Yup, i'd believe that icon_smile.gif

See if this might help http://www.ntp-systems.com/SysPlex/index.asp
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 12:36 am    Post subject:
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It helps greatly. Thank you.

In case anyone is curious, this is to satisfy security requirements in an evironment where multiple systems are interacting. If there is a breach, you want to be able to count on the timestamps in the various security logs correlating, so we are seeking to make our machines synchronized.

Thanks again.


Terry
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You're welcome icon_smile.gif

Thanks for the info.
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