Setting your server’s clock and timezone properly is essential in ensuring the healthy operation of distributed systems and maintaining accurate log timestamps. This tutorial will show you how to configure NTP time synchronization and set the timezone on an Ubuntu 14.04 server.
A more detailed version of this tutorial, with better explanations of each step, can be found here.
- timedatectl list-timezones
Be sure to replace desired_timezone with the timezone you selected from the list:
- sudo timedatectl set-timezone desired_timezone
For example, to set the timezone to New York use this command:
- sudo timedatectl set-timezone America/New_York
Example output:Local time: Fri 2016-03-25 12:00:43 EDT Universal time: Fri 2016-03-25 16:00:43 UTC Timezone: America/New_York (EDT, -0400) . . .
- sudo apt-get update
- sudo apt-get install ntp
Once the NTP package installation is completed, your server will have NTP synchronization enabled!
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This tutorial holds good for other ubuntu versions also.