How to Resolve PRVG-1017 and Configure NTP in AIX

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Found error PRVG-1017 when performed a pre-installation check of grid infrastructure 19c in AIX.

[grid@primary01 /home/grid]$ cd $ORACLE_HOME
[grid@primary01 /u01/app/19.0.0/grid]$ ./ stage -pre crsinst -n primary01,primary02 -verbose
Verifying Network Time Protocol (NTP) ...FAILED
primary01: PRVG-1017 : NTP configuration file "/etc/ntp.conf" is present on
           nodes "primary01,primary02" on which NTP daemon or service
           was not running

primary02: PRVG-1017 : NTP configuration file "/etc/ntp.conf" is present on
           nodes "primary01,primary02" on which NTP daemon or service
           was not running

This means that the pre-installation program found there's no NTP service, even though we have /etc/ntp.conf on both nodes.


The solution is to configure NTP service and make it run.

1. Make sure that NTP Server is Working

[root@primary01 /]# ntpdate -d
23 Feb 11:16:29 ntpdate[51839350]: 3.4y
server, port 123
stratum 3, precision -23, leap 00, trust 000
refid [], delay 0.02573, dispersion 0.00003
transmitted 4, in filter 4
reference time:      e3deef5e.5bb75571  Tue, Feb 23 2021 11:05:02.358
originate timestamp: e3def201.21cd3025  Tue, Feb 23 2021 11:16:17.132
transmit timestamp:  e3def20d.e8944000  Tue, Feb 23 2021 11:16:29.908
filter delay:  0.02606  0.02573  0.02579  0.02573
               0.00000  0.00000  0.00000  0.00000
filter offset: -12.7764 -12.7766 -12.7765 -12.7765
               0.000000 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000
delay 0.02573, dispersion 0.00003
offset -12.776612

23 Feb 11:16:29 ntpdate[51839350]: step time server offset -12.776612

2. Configure NTP Server

[root@primary01 /]# vi /etc/ntp.conf

slewalways yes
server prefer

Please make sure broadcastclient is commented out.

3. Configure NTP Reboot

Please remove the leading comment symbol (#) from the command line of xntpd service in /etc/rc.tcpip, so it will start on a reboot.

[root@primary01 /]# vi /etc/rc.tcpip
# Start up Network Time Protocol (NTP) daemon
start /usr/sbin/xntpd "$src_running" "-x"

Make sure you add "-x" to enable slewing option.

4. Start NTP Daemon

[root@primary01 /]# startsrc -s xntpd
0513-059 The xntpd Subsystem has been started. Subsystem PID is 51839392.

5. Check NTP Service

[root@primary01 /]# lssrc -ls xntpd
 Program name:    /usr/sbin/xntpd
 Version:         3
 Leap indicator:  11 (Leap indicator is insane.)
 Sys peer:        no peer, system is insane
 Sys stratum:     16
 Sys precision:   -18
 Debug/Tracing:   DISABLED
 Root distance:   0.000000
 Root dispersion: 0.000000
 Reference ID:    no refid, system is insane
 Reference time:  no reftime, system is insane
 Broadcast delay: 0.003906 (sec)
 Auth delay:      0.000122 (sec)
 System flags:    pll monitor filegen
 System uptime:   28 (sec)
 Clock stability: 0.000000 (sec)
 Clock frequency: 0.000000 (sec)
      flags: (configured)(preferred)
      stratum:  3, version: 3
      our mode: client, his mode: server
Subsystem         Group            PID          Status
 xntpd            tcpip            51839392     active

Please do it on both nodes.

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