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[Contrail] contrail-status shows certain daemons in “initializing” state with the message “NTP state unsynchronized”



Article ID: KB30672 KB Last Updated: 17 May 2016Version: 1.0

After installing Contrail 2.x, command contrail-status shows certain daemons in “initializing” state with the message “NTP state unsynchronized”. This article explains the issue and describes how to directly modify the /etc/ntp.conf file of all servers to configure a valid NTP server.

A snippet of contrail-status showing the problem :

== Contrail Analytics ==
supervisor-analytics:               active
contrail-analytics-api              active
contrail-analytics-nodemgr          initializing (NTP state unsynchronized.)
contrail-collector                  active
contrail-query-engine               active
contrail-snmp-collector             active
contrail-topology                   active
== Contrail Config ==
supervisor-config:                  active
contrail-api:0                      active
contrail-config-nodemgr             initializing (NTP state unsynchronized.)
contrail-device-manager             active
contrail-discovery:0                active
contrail-schema                     active
contrail-svc-monitor                active
ifmap                               active

During Contrail installation, it is necessary to configure a reachable NTP server in the file. The installation scripts then configure this in /etc/ntp.conf after installation.

This is the section in that should have the NTP server configured :

#ntp server the servers should point to
env.ntp_server = ''

If this step is skipped during installation, it is still possible to fix this problem by directly modifying the /etc/ntp.conf of all servers to have a valid NTP server configured. Open the file /etc/ntp.conf in a vi editor and add the ntp server just below the following commented line :

# Specify one or more NTP servers.

Reboot the contrail nodes on which the above changes are made. It will take awhile for the servers to be NTP-synchronized.


Use the following command on the server to see if the server is NTP-synchronized. Contrail runs the ntpq command to check the NTP status.

ntpq -n -c pe | grep ^*

If you see an output with “*” at the beginning of the line, it means the Contrail server is synchronized successfully to a NTP server. For example,

root@jnpr:~# ntpq -n -c pe | grep ^*
* LOCAL(0) 4 u 334 1024 377 0.248 -0.006 0.053

If the command returns nothing, it means that NTP is unsynchronized. If you have configured the NTP server and still see the problem despite following the above guidelines, check the firewalls in between. Many of them, by default do not allow NTP traffic to pass by. 

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