You may have seen in my previous post about EyeOS that I tried many things to get time in sync on the virtual OS. It was drifting lots of time and after a few hours it was an hour behind. Google tells me this is quite common but I could not find anything that decidedly fixed it.
run ntpdate every hour. This is not advised, primarily because it will add a lot of extra load after a while to the public(free) time servers. Especially if I want to have several machines up to date. One thought then was to set up a local ntpd and let other guest OS sync time with that. But then I could not get that in sync so we were back to square one.
others mention using VMWare tools time sync.
Intel Quad Core i7-920
8GB RAM Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1333MHz 8GB CL9
Windows 7 x64
Vmware Workstation 7.1.1
What works for me
For ubuntu 10.10 x64:
Make sure vmware tools is installed (type vmware and hit ‘tab’).
With a .txt editor open up “vmname.vmx” on your host OS.
Set tools.syncTime = “FALSE” to “TRUE”. Restart vm.
Now on this particular machine I’ve had ntpd installed, but it is now uninstalled.
For Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 x64 – RHEL 5:
- Install vmware-tools (without make/gcc installed).
- Set tools.syncTime = “TRUE”
- Set up ntpd with the below from ntp.conf
- Restart ntpd by getting root shell with ‘su -‘ and then ‘/etc/init.d/ntpd restart’
I filled out the ntp-information during installation and then after wards I added the “tinker panic 0” which should let the ntpd make ‘big jumps’ and by commenting the fudge-line I chose not to use the local clock because this is drifting so much.
More than 24 hours after I installed the OS the driftfile is still 0.000.
tinker panic 0
restrict default kod nomodify notrap nopeer noquery
restrict -6 ::1
# Hosts on local network are less restricted.
#restrict 192.168.1.0 mask 255.255.255.0 nomodify notrap
# Undisciplined Local Clock. This is a fake driver intended for backup
# and when no outside source of synchronized time is available.
#fudge 127.127.1.0 stratum 10
restrict 0.rhel.pool.ntp.org mask 255.255.255.255 nomodify notrap noquery
restrict 1.rhel.pool.ntp.org mask 255.255.255.255 nomodify notrap noquery
restrict 2.rhel.pool.ntp.org mask 255.255.255.255 nomodify notrap noquery