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Configure NTP for pods

Last Updated: Apr 02, 2021

This topic describes how to configure a Network Time Protocol (NTP) service for pods that run on a virtual-kubelet node. The NTP service synchronizes time between containers and the NTP server.


Virtual Kubelet is upgraded to the latest version.

Background information

The engineer who is responsible for upgrading Virtual Kubelet varies based on the Kubernetes cluster type:

  • Serverless Kubernetes (ASK) cluster: the administrator.

  • Managed Kubernetes cluster: you.

  • Dedicated Kubernetes cluster: you.

  • Self-managed Kubernetes cluster: you.


In the configuration file of the pod, add the following annotation to specify the IP address of the NTP server that you want to use:

  1. Create a YAML file that is used to configure the NTP service.

    vim set-ntp-pod.yaml

    The content of the YAML file is:

    apiVersion: v1
    kind: Pod
      annotations: # The IP address of the NTP server.
      name: set-custom-ntp
      nodeName: virtual-kubelet
        - image: centos:latest
            - sleep
            - "3600"
          imagePullPolicy: IfNotPresent
          name: centos
  2. Apply the configuration in the YAML file to the pod.

    kubectl apply -f set-ntp-pod.yaml

Check the result

Log on the elastic container instance to check whether the NTP service works as expected.

  1. Query the information about the pod.

    kubectl get pod/set-custom-ntp

    Sample output:

    NAME                  READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
    set-custom-ntp   1/1         Running   0                 7m20s
  2. Log on to a container.

    kubectl exec set-custom-ntp -it -- bash
  3. Query the source of the time of the container.

    chronyc sources

    If the IP address of the NTP server is returned, it indicates that the NTP service works as expected. Sample output:

    210 Number of sources = 1
    MS Name/IP address         Stratum Poll Reach LastRx Last                            sample
    ^*                    2           6     377     35       +40us[ +135us] +/-   14ms