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Use vendor specific NTP Pool hostname
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The current default VyOS configuration uses an NTP configuration of something like this:

system {
    host-name vyos
    ntp {
        server ""
        server ""
        server ""

The NTP Pool encourages vendors to use their own vendor hostnames:

You must absolutely not use the default zone names as the default configuration in your application or appliance.

I propose that the default configuration is changed to:

system {
    host-name vyos
    ntp {
        server ""
        server ""
        server ""

I am happy to work on this and contribute a PR.


Difficulty level
Unknown (require assessment)
Why the issue appeared?
Will be filled on close
Is it a breaking change?
Unspecified (possibly destroys the router)
Issue type
Improvement (missing useful functionality)

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njh created this object in space S1 VyOS Public.
njh renamed this task from Use vens to Use vendor specific NTP Pool hostname.Feb 3 2020, 9:14 PM
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syncer edited projects, added VyOS 1.3 Equuleus; removed VyOS 1.2 Crux (VyOS 1.2.5).

I believe your default settings are not bad as, in our case, we are part of the ntp pool and our kit will use our own NTP servers :-)

Let us know how it goes once you got your vendor zone. happy to get our NTP servers backing it up if required.

@thomas-mangin They specifically ask folks to do the vendor cluster route.

I've done this for other open (and closed)-source projects before. It's really not hard. It takes them about a day or so to respond to the vendor sub-domain request.

see: for the discussion.

I'd be more than happy to do the paperwork for the subdomain assignment (assume we'd want to use vyos =, but we would need contact details for them to use in case of issues. As a general rule, I have tended to use ntpmaster@<> which, in this case might, in turn, point to [email protected].

Once that get's assigned, we would just change the default to using any 3 servers out of the {0,1,2,3} list


@liljenstolpe good to have someone else interested in getting this sorted out!

I contacted the NTP pool maintainers in February and followed up a couple of times but never got a response.
I even emailed the public mailing list in May, again no response:

I have just contacted them again, so will see if they respond this time.

qxmips changed the status of subtask T2123: Configure 3 NTP servers from Open to In progress.Nov 5 2020, 7:37 AM
erkin set Issue type to Improvement (missing useful functionality).Aug 31 2021, 5:46 PM