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I have a server in a network receiving all its network information from DHCP. The problem is that the ntp-server being sent is not set to UTC. I want to use the configuration for ntp found in /etc/ntp.conf but the DHCP information takes precedence. How can I force ntpd to use the configuration in /etc/ntp.conf as opposed to the one sent by DHCP? What is the Debian way to do this?

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What ntp daemon are you using? What is the current contents of your ntp.conf? Is the ntpdate package installed? What DHCP client are you using? What version of Debian? –  Zoredache Nov 10 '11 at 4:09
1. Sever on DHCP 2. NTP server is not "set" to UTC o_O –  Chris S Nov 10 '11 at 4:57
Debian squeeze, default ntp.conf (the one that comes after aptitude install ntp) –  rmarimon Nov 10 '11 at 20:35

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I suggest you edit/create /etc/dhclient.conf and uncomment the line "request" with something like this:

request subnet-mask, broadcast-address, routers, domain-name, domain-name-servers, host-name;

Especially, if "ntp-servers" is present, remove it. Under some distribution ( aka Fedora ) it is sent by default, so you have to put this line explicitely so that the default is overriden.

Check man dhclient.conf for extended informations.

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This worked perfectly... is there something that one can do in debian that goes more along the lines of /etc/default... –  rmarimon Nov 10 '11 at 20:34

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