Erratic time issues on VMware based RHEL guests running ntpd

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Issue

  • Erratic time issues on VMware based RHEL guests running ntpd
  • Why is time on my RHEL guests under VMware behaving erratically?
  • Why is time on my RHEL guest under VMware skipping randomly?
  • How can I check if VMware time sync is disabled?
  • VMware has a functionality to enable time synchronization from the host system to VMs. This is typically undesirable and not recommended as it can interfere with ntpd
  • What are the steps to ensure this functionality is disabled?
  • We have some virtual machine (running on VMware ESXi hosts) having problem with time synchro by using ntpd. How do we fix it?

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux running as a virtual machine on a VMware host

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