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Setting Your Clock with the Network Time Protocol.

Novell Cool Solutions: Feature
By Jason Jones

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Posted: 21 Dec 2004

Having the correct time when using a server is quite important. Multiple ways exist to set your time correctly; however, using NTP (Network Time Protocol) to set your time ensures you are getting the most accurate time setting available anywhere. It's also the easiest to set up.

Network Time Protocol is a standard for synchronizing your system clock with the "true time". This is defined as the average of many high-accuracy clocks around the world.

So basically when you use NTP, you're syncing your computer with the most accurate time on earth.

With a few clicks, having the correct time on your server will be an issue of the past.

To start, follow "N" -> System -> YAST

When YAST opens, select Network Services in the left-hand menu then, when the right-hand content menu changes, click on NTP Client.

After that click, a new window will open.

Make sure the When Booting System radio button is clicked.

Click on Lookup to find the nearest NTP servers. This may take a second depending on the speed of your Internet connection.

When it comes up with a list of servers, choose whichever one you think is best. The default one is most likely a good choice.

When you've made your choice, click Finish and it'll start the installation and configuration.

When it finishes, you'll have the most accurate time possible on your server, and every time you boot up it will automatically get the correct time in your timezone. Pretty hassle-free if ya ask me.

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