Configure Cisco Router to Set Time from NTP Server

Posted June 19, 2006 by Quinn McHenry in Cisco router

Using NTP to synchronize the date and time of multiple devices makes sense even in a small network. When performing forensic analyses or troubleshooting connection problems, having consistent logging timestamps from multiple devices can save time and simplify the task.

To configure a router to use the NTP server, issue these commands from enable mode:

Router# conf t
Router# ntp server

Multiple ntp server lines can be used for redundancy. By default, the router will use UTC as the time zone. To set the time zone to PST and add a second ntp server at, use these commands instead:

Router# conf t
Router# ntp server
Router# ntp server
Router# clock timezone PST -8


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Quinn was one of the original co-founders of Tech-Recipes. He is currently crafting iOS applications as a senior developer at Small Planet Digital in Brooklyn, New York.
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  • raed

    i need to change date format to
    cisco router 2800

    • Ccie

      clock set HH:MM:SS Month Date Year