Timekeeping in Linux VMs using VMware

On and off we have timekeeping issues with certain applications in Linux VMs. Now I know this is a common problem and nothing new. Bottom line is that you should leave the time keeping to VMware Tools and sync all ESX hosts to the same time source via NTP. However, it still can go wrong.

There is a whole list of sources with tips, hints and solutions, but your mileage may vary. I was just pointed to a very detailed white paper by VMware that may help to solve your application specific problems, whether in VMware, Xen or Hyper-V. Check the 27 page PDF: "Timekeeping in VMware Virtual Machines"

Update: Read the VMware KnowledgeBase on time keeping in Linux VMs or search for KB ID# 1006427.

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