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Old 10-30-2012, 04:05 PM   #1
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ntpd daemon not synced with NTP server


i am running Virtual Machine on ESX:

Linux ssca2002 2.6.18-274.3.1.el5 #1 SMP Fri Aug 26 18:49:02 EDT 2011 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 5.8 (Tikanga)

below is my ntp.conf. # we have our own ntp server

tinker panic 0
restrict default kod nomodify notrap nopeer noquery
restrict -6 default kod nomodify notrap nopeer noquery

# restrict -6 ::1

# Hosts on local network are less restricted.
#restrict mask nomodify notrap


#server # local clock
#fudge stratum 10

driftfile /var/lib/ntp/drift

keys /etc/ntp/keys

Only two of this VM causes problem with the time offset about +- 24 sec to about few min.

[root@ssca2004 sysconfig]# /usr/sbin/ntpdate -q
server, stratum 3, offset 7.022972, delay 0.02647
30 Oct 17:02:46 ntpdate[17097]: step time server offset 7.022972 sec

#dmesg also show something relates to cmos:

[root@ssca2004 sysconfig]# /usr/sbin/ntpdate -q
server, stratum 3, offset 7.022972, delay 0.02647
30 Oct 17:02:46 ntpdate[17097]: step time server offset 7.022972 sec

How to fix this? Since this is VM, it might not be problem with HW or maybe the host vm? but how come the rest of VMs are fine.

Any patches available?

Your help is greatly appreciated.

Thank a lot!

Old 11-01-2012, 05:14 AM   #2
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Try this article:

I had a similar problem with some CentOS virtual machines on Hyper-V. I've tried few methods from this article and they worked out. But for different machines I had to use different approaches despite that they all were identical.
Old 11-02-2012, 10:17 AM   #3
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Thank you.

So VMware Tools time synchronization HAS TO BE DISABLED IF USE NTP SERVER.

i actually found the same site that you gave me. I had to use their recommendation at the end of page for my VM to work with NTP server clock.

VMware Tools time synchronization configuration

When using NTP in the guest, disable VMware Tools periodic time synchronization.

To disable VMware Tools periodic time sync, perform one of these options:
Set tools.syncTime = "FALSE" in the configuration file (.vmx file) of the virtual machine.


Deselect Time synchronization between the virtual machine and the host operating system in the VMware Tools toolbox GUI of the guest operating system.


Run the vmware-guestd --cmd "vmx.set_option synctime 1 0" command in the guest operating system. To enable time syncing again, use the same command with "0 1" instead of "1 0".

For ESX 4.1 and later, use these parameters for Linux, Solaris, and FreeBSD:
To display the current status of the service:

vmware-toolbox-cmd timesync status

To disable periodic time syncronization:

vmware-toolbox-cmd timesync disable


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