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VMWare Time Drift

VMWare guests can incur significant time drift. Installing VMWare tools enables you to have the guest sync its clock with the host. There is a GUI applet called vmware-toolbox. You can check the “Time synchronization between virtual mmachine and the host operating system.” checkbox to enable it.

If you have a linux server installed without X, you can still install vmware tools, thought it is not as automatic as systems with a GUI. Once it is installed, shut the guest down, and locate the .vmx file for the guest. Look for the line:

tools.syncTime = “FALSE” and change that to tools.syncTime = “TRUE”

You can add the line in if it is not there. Start up the machine and the clock should be correct, or at least in sync with the host system.

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