The following sets up a local NTP server that synchronizes with pool.ntp.org and clients that synchronize with your local NTP server. See bottom of this example if you don't want to build a server, but use a "brute force" method (repeated ntpdate syncs).

This example demonstrates you can have a lot of low-level detailed control if you want it.

    bundle agent system_time_ntp
    {
     vars:

      linux::

       "cache_dir"   string => "$(sys.workdir)/cache";  # Cache directory for NTP config files

       "ntp_conf"    string => "/etc/ntp.conf";  # Target file for NTP configuration

       "ntp_server"  string => "172.16.12.161";  #
       "ntp_network" string => "172.16.12.0";    # IP address and netmask of your local NTP server
       "ntp_mask"    string => "255.255.255.0";  #

       "ntp_pkgs"    slist => { "ntp" };         # NTP packages to be installed to ensure service


    # Define a class for the NTP server
     classes:

      any::

       "ntp_hosts"         or => { classmatch(canonify("ipv4_$(ntp_server)")) };


    # Ensure that the NTP packages are installed
     packages:

      ubuntu::

       "$(ntp_pkgs)"

             comment => "setup NTP",
          package_policy => "add",
          package_method => generic;


    # Ensure existence of file and directory for NTP drift learning statistics
     files:

      linux::

       "/var/lib/ntp/ntp.drift"

          comment => "Enable ntp service",
           create => "true";

       "/var/log/ntpstats/."

          comment => "Create a statistic directory",
        perms => mog("644","ntp","ntp"),
           create => "true";

      ntp_hosts::


    # Build the cache configuration file for the NTP server
       "/var/cfengine/cache/ntp.conf"

            comment => "Build $(this.promiser) cache file for NTP server",
             create => "true",
          edit_defaults => empty,
          edit_line => restore_ntp_master("$(ntp_network)","$(ntp_mask)");

      centos.ntp_hosts::


    # Copy the cached configuration file to its target destination
       "$(ntp_conf)"

        comment => "Ensure $(this.promiser) in a perfect condition",
          copy_from => local_cp("$(cache_dir)/ntp.conf"),
        classes => if_repaired("refresh_ntpd_centos");

      ubuntu.ntp_hosts::

       "$(ntp_conf)"

        comment => "Ensure $(this.promiser) in a perfect condition",
          copy_from => local_cp("$(cache_dir)/ntp.conf"),
        classes => if_repaired("refresh_ntpd_ubuntu");

      !ntp_hosts::


    # Build the cache configuration file for the NTP client
       "$(cache_dir)/ntp.conf"

            comment => "Build $(this.promiser) cache file for NTP client",
             create => "true",
          edit_defaults => empty,
          edit_line => restore_ntp_client("$(ntp_server)");

      centos.!ntp_hosts::


    # Copy the cached configuration file to its target destination
       "$(ntp_conf)"

        comment => "Ensure $(this.promiser) in a perfect condition",
          copy_from => local_cp("$(cache_dir)/ntp.conf"),
            classes => if_repaired("refresh_ntpd_centos");

      ubuntu.!ntp_hosts::

       "$(ntp_conf)"

        comment => "Ensure $(this.promiser) in a perfect condition",
          copy_from => local_cp("$(cache_dir)/ntp.conf"),
        classes => if_repaired("refresh_ntpd_ubuntu");


    # Set classes (conditions) for to restart the NTP daemon if there have been any changes to configuration
     processes:

      centos::

       "ntpd.*"

          restart_class => "refresh_ntpd_centos";

      ubuntu::

       "ntpd.*"

          restart_class => "refresh_ntpd_ubuntu";


    # Restart the NTP daemon if the configuration has changed
     commands:

      refresh_ntpd_centos::

       "/etc/init.d/ntpd restart";

      refresh_ntpd_ubuntu::

       "/etc/init.d/ntp restart";

    }

    #######################################################

    bundle edit_line restore_ntp_master(network,mask)
    {
    vars:
     "list" string =>
    "######################################
    # ntp.conf-master

    driftfile /var/lib/ntp/ntp.drift
    statsdir /var/log/ntpstats/

    statistics loopstats peerstats clockstats
    filegen loopstats file loopstats type day enable
    filegen peerstats file peerstats type day enable
    filegen clockstats file clockstats type day enable

    # Use public servers from the pool.ntp.org project.
    # Please consider joining the pool (http://www.pool.ntp.org/join.html).
    # Consider changing the below servers to a location near you for better time
    # e.g. server 0.europe.pool.ntp.org, or server 0.no.pool.ntp.org etc.
    server 0.centos.pool.ntp.org
    server 1.centos.pool.ntp.org
    server 2.centos.pool.ntp.org

    # Permit time synchronization with our time source, but do not
    # permit the source to query or modify the service on this system.
    restrict -4 default kod nomodify notrap nopeer noquery
    restrict -6 default kod nomodify notrap nopeer noquery

    # Permit all access over the loopback interface.  This could
    # be tightened as well, but to do so would effect some of
    # the administrative functions.
    restrict 127.0.0.1
    restrict ::1

    # Hosts on local network are less restricted.
    restrict $(network) mask $(mask) nomodify notrap";

    insert_lines:
     "$(list)";
    }

    #######################################################

    bundle edit_line restore_ntp_client(serverip)
    {
    vars:
     "list" string =>
    "######################################
    # This file is protected by cfengine #
    ######################################
    # ntp.conf-client

    driftfile /var/lib/ntp/ntp.drift
    statsdir /var/log/ntpstats/

    statistics loopstats peerstats clockstats
    filegen loopstats file loopstats type day enable
    filegen peerstats file peerstats type day enable
    filegen clockstats file clockstats type day enable

    # Permit time synchronization with our time source, but do not
    # permit the source to query or modify the service on this system.
    restrict -4 default kod nomodify notrap nopeer noquery
    restrict -6 default kod nomodify notrap nopeer noquery

    # Permit all access over the loopback interface.  This could
    # be tightened as well, but to do so would effect some of
    # the administrative functions.
    restrict 127.0.0.1
    restrict ::1
    server $(serverip)
    restrict $(serverip) nomodify";

    insert_lines:
     "$(list)";
    }

This policy can be found in /var/cfengine/share/doc/examples/example_ntp.cf

If you don't want to build a server, you might do like this:

    bundle agent time_management
    {
     vars:

      any::

       "ntp_server" string => "no.pool.ntp.org";

     commands:

      any::

          "/usr/sbin/ntpdate $(ntp_server)"

         contain => silent;

    }

This is a hard reset of the time, it corrects it immediately. This may cause problems if there are large deviations in time and you are using time sensitive software on your system. An NTP daemon setup as shown above, on the other hand, slowly adapts the time to avoid causing disruption. In addition, the NTP daemon can be configured to learn your system's time drift and automatically adjust for it without having to be in touch with the server at all times.