It seems in the merging of Oracle.com and Sun.com, Sun's blueprints site has disappeared from view. A lot of it was very specific to Sun hardware & software, but it had much general applicability as well. One of the treasures in their collection was a series of three documents on understanding NTP (Network Time Protocol), called "Using NTP to Control and Synchronize System Clocks". Thanks to the Internet Archive, they are still available, and i thought i'd throw up some links here so they won't be forgotten:
- Part I: Introduction to NTP
- Part II: Basic NTP Administration and Architecture
- Part III: NTP Monitoring and Troubleshooting
The Wayback Machine at the Internet Archive is a bit touchy sometimes - i find that trying again after a few hours often works.