Advent 2023: NTP on AWS

Continuing my 2023 advent blogging, today is a tip on getting NTP to work on Amazon AWS EC2 instances.

I discovered recently that Amazon blocks outgoing NTP requests, so it's possible for your servers to drift. The way to fix it is to go into your NTP configuration and use as the NTP server.

On Ubuntu, you will need to ensure that the package systemd-timesyncd is installed, and edit the /etc/systemd/timesyncd.conf file to set this. Then run:

sudo timedatectl set-ntp off
sudo timedatectl set-ntp on

This will restart the NTP sync daemon, and you should see any drift corrected.