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Manager and System Time

The Multi-site Manager system requires all DRP Endpoints that are being managed to have consistent and accurate system clock date and time information. Generally speaking, all Endpoints should have NTP services running, and all RTC clocks set to UTC. The Authentication Tokens and Secrets used for the token system will by design fail if the clocks between two cooperating DRP Endpoint differ more than a few minutes. This is an intentional security measure.


If you encounter any of the following errors on "upstream" DRP Managers, this is often the system clocks being out of sync:

Machine Objects may show the following: :

(403) system:
Invalid token: No valid key specified

Plugins may show the following: :

Unable to create event stream: Bad Request

or even Golang stack traces in some (eg IPMI plugin): :

Panic recovered: invalid WriteHeader code 0
Stack trace:
goroutine 33 [running]:
runtime/debug.Stack(0x991080, 0xc000289510, 0x1)
  /home/travis/.gimme/versions/go1.12.7.linux.amd64/src/runtime/debug/stack.go:24 +0x9d

In addition, Machine objects may show additional failed validation error messages in the Machine details pages.

To correct the problem, install and verify all DRP Endpoints system clocks are in sync with NTP services.

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See Also


  • Multi Site Manager plugin prior to v4.3.0
  • Manager capability in v4.30 and newer


multi site manager, msm, manager, system time, ntp, cronyd, ntpd

Revision Information

KB Article     :  kb-00041
initial release:  Wed Jun 10 13:05:35 PDT 2020
updated release:  Wed Jun 10 13:05:35 PDT 2020