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Configuring the System Date and Time

You can use the admin console to set the system date and time manually or by configuring a network time protocol (NTP) server. The system supports NTPv4, which is backwards compatible with NTPv3 and NTPv2.

BEST PRACTICE: We recommend you use NTP to synchronize the date and time clocks on all network systems. Using NTP obviates issues that might occur with cluster synchronization, network communication that uses time-sensitive protocols, such as SAML, and implementation of time-based policies, such as local authentication server account expiration. In addition, using NTP as a standard in your network rationalizes timestamps in logs, which facilitates reporting and troubleshooting.

On a VMware virtual appliance, the cockpit data may be erased each hour if the same NTP server is not defined here, on the Connect Secure license server, and on the ESXi server.

To set the system date and time:

  1. Select System > Status to display the System Status dashboard.
  2. Click the System Date and Time Edit link to display the configuration page.
  3. Complete the configuration as described in Table 106.
  4. Save the configuration.

Table 106: Date and Time Configuration Guidelines

Settings

Guidelines

Time Zone

Select your time zone. Selecting the appropriate time zone enables the system to automatically adjust the time for Daylight Saving Time changes.

Use NTP Server

NTP Server

Specify the fully qualified domain name or IP address for the NTP server.

Key

If you are using NTPv4, specify the symmetric key.

The key must be pre-synchronized with the NTP server. For example, if you want to configure NIST’s clock as the NTP server, you must request a key beforehand and have NIST send that key to you.

The key for MD5 is in the following format:

KeyNumber M KeyValue

The key for SHA1 is in the following format:

KeyNumber SHA1KeyValue

Secondary NTP Server

Specify the fully qualified domain name or IP address for a secondary NTP server.

If the system fails three times to reach the primary server or if the authentication fails three times, the system attempts to contact the secondary NTP server.

Key

If you are using NTPv4, specify the symmetric key.

Update Interval

Specify an update interval. The maximum interval is 999999 (enforced by the user interface).

Set Time Manually

Date

Specify the date. You can click Get from Browser to automatically populate the Date and Time fields.

Time

Specify the time and select AM or PM.

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