VMware Time Issues

Some vmware timekeeping info

Sometimes, vmware guest OS's like to lose time like it's their job. There are a few ways to fix this, but here's what worked for me:

Slackware 12.2 Host

Centos 5.2 Guest

  1. Install the VMwareTools rpm
  2. On the host, edit the guest's *vmx file (e.g. /vmware/centos5.2/centos5.2.vmx), add:
    tools.syncTime = "TRUE"
    tools.synchronize.tools.startup = "TRUE"
  3. Add the following to your kernel boot parameters:
    nosmp noapic nolapic
  4. Disable ntpd:
    # /sbin/chkconfig --level 2345 ntpd off
linux/server/vmware_time_issues.txt · Last modified: 2009/03/03 02:12 by john
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