This question was asked a lot in the past, but since ntpdate has been depricated, I'm having issues finding answers that work via ntp.conf. I've read a lot about setting a cron job for ntpdate is a bad idea now, so that answer won't work for me.
My server time (ubuntu 14.04 server) is drifting quite a bit, and I have a time server I'm using locally.
In my ntp.conf file I have my server listed like this
server 192.168.1.25 iburst burst minpoll 4 maxpoll 4
Despite these settings the watchdog timer run from
ntpdc -c loopinfo
never resets and my drift keeps getting larger and larger.
To sum up my question, why isn't my /etc/ntp.conf file actually doing anything? More info: This is a Ubuntu 14.04 VM running on Hypver-V and is used as a Redmine server.
output of ntpq -p (not sure if typo, but no q option)
remote refid st t when poll reach delay offset jitter =================================================================================== myother.server 192.168.1.26 2 u 2 16 377 0.607 0.808 4691.46