Setting up time synchronising on Centos 6

This guide is intended for UK servers but is pretty simple to adapt for any other timezone.

Firstly, I installed the ntp daemon.

yum install ntp

chkconfig ntpd on


service ntpd start

Next, setting the timezone. Maybe this should be done first but it doesn’t make any difference. We’re basically deleting the existing localtime and making a symbolic link to Centos’ stash of timezone info, located in /usr/share/zoneinfo.

rm /etc/localtime
ln -s /usr/share/zoneinfo/Europe/London /etc/localtime

Then just run the command date to confirm the correct date and time are set.

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Andy has been in IT support in the academic industry for over 7 years now, with an in-depth knowledge of both Windows and Unix based systems.

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