Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches

NTP on Nexus 7000 Series Switch Configuration Example

Document ID: 113585

Updated: Jun 28, 2012



This document provides a sample configuration for Network Time Protocol (NTP) on Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches.



Ensure that you meet these requirements before you attempt this configuration:

  • Have basic knowledge of configuration on Nexus 7000 Series Switches

  • Have basic knowledge of NTP

Components Used

The information in this document is based on the Nexus 7000 Series Switch.

The information in this document was created from the devices in a specific lab environment. All of the devices used in this document started with a cleared (default) configuration. If your network is live, make sure that you understand the potential impact of any command.


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Background Information

The Network Time Protocol (NTP) synchronizes the time of day among a set of distributed time servers and clients so that you can correlate events when you receive system logs and other time-specific events from multiple network devices. NTP uses the User Datagram Protocol (UDP) as its transport protocol. All NTP communications use Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

Cisco recommends that you use the public NTP servers available on the Internet. If the network is isolated from the Internet, Cisco NX-OS allows you to configure the time as though it were already synchronized through the NTP server.


In this section, you are presented with the information to configure the NTP features described in this document.

In order to configure NTP on a Nexus 7000 switch, you must have connectivity to at least one server that is running NTP.

NTP must be configured in the default virtual device context (VDC). It cannot be configured in any other VDC.

If you configure NTP in a VRF, ensure the NTP server and peers can reach each other through the configured VRFs.

Note: Use the Command Lookup Tool (registered customers only) to obtain more information on the commands used in this section.

Network Diagram

This document uses this network setup:



This document uses these configurations:

Nexus 7000 Switch
Nexus_7000#configure terminal

!--- Form an association with a server. 
     Use the pefer keyword to make this server as preferred NTP server.

Nexus_7000(config)#ntp server prefer
Nexus_7000(config)#ntp server

!--- Configure the source interface for all NTP packets.

Nexus_7000(config)#ntp source-interface  vlan1

!--- Configure the device as an authoritative NTP server.

Nexus_7000(config)#ntp master 1

Nexus_7000(config)#interface vlan1
Nexus_7000(config-if)#no shutdown
Nexus_7000(config-if)#no ip redirects
Nexus_7000(config-if)#ip address
Nexus_7000(config-if)#ip address secondary

!--- Save the configurations in the device.

Nexus_7000(config)#copy running-config startup-config


Use this section to confirm that your configuration works properly.

The Output Interpreter Tool (registered customers only) (OIT) supports certain show commands. Use the OIT to view an analysis of show command output.

Use the show ntp peers command in order to display all the NTP peers.

For example:

Nexus_7000#show ntp peers
  Peer IP Address               Serv/Peer          
--------------------------------------------------                   Server (configured)                   Server (configured)                   Server (configured)

Use the show ntp peer-status command in order to display the status for all NTP servers and peers.

For example:

Nexus_7000#show ntp peer-status
Total peers : 3
* - selected for sync, + -  peer mode(active), 
- - peer mode(passive), = - polled in client mode 
    remote               local                 st   poll   reach delay   vrf
=             1   64       0   0.00000 
*             1   64     377   0.03938 default
=             1   64     377   0.01804 default

Use the show ntp logging-status command in order to display the NTP logging status.


There is currently no specific troubleshooting information available for this configuration.

Related Information

Updated: Jun 28, 2012
Document ID: 113585