Configuring Clients

Apple macOS (OS X)

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Choose the "Date & Time" panel.
  3. Click the lock to make changes.
  4. Enter your password.
  5. Select "Date & Time".
  6. In the box next to "Set date and time automatically", enter time.google.com.

Cisco IOS and NX-OS

router# config t
Enter configuration commands, one per line.  End with CNTL/Z.
router(config)# no ntp server
router(config)# ntp server time1.google.com
router(config)# ntp server time2.google.com
router(config)# ntp server time3.google.com
router(config)# ntp server time4.google.com
router(config)# copy running-config startup-config

Google Compute Engine

Although you can use Google Public NTP from Compute Engine, you will get better performance from the private cloud servers, which serve the same time using the same smear. Follow these instructions.

Juniper Junos

NTP is configured at the [edit system ntp] hierarchy level:

system {
    ntp {
        server time1.google.com;
        server time2.google.com;
        server time3.google.com;
        server time4.google.com;
    }
}

Linux (ntpd)

  1. Edit /etc/ntp.conf using your favorite text editor.
  2. Remove or comment out any lines starting with server, to prevent your machine from trying to mix smeared and non-smeared servers.
  3. Add the lines:

    server time1.google.com iburst
    server time2.google.com iburst
    server time3.google.com iburst
    server time4.google.com iburst
    
  4. Restart the NTP daemon using sudo service ntp reload.

Microsoft Windows

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Click the "Date and Time" icon.
  3. Choose the "Internet Time" tab. (This will not be available if your PC is part of a domain. In that case, it will synchronize time with the domain controller. You can configure the controller to use Google Public NTP.)
  4. Click the "Change settings..." button.
  5. Check the box "Synchronize with an Internet time server".
  6. Next to "Server:", enter time.google.com.

Microsoft Windows Server

Follow Microsoft's instructions to update your registry.