Change VPS Time Zone

How will you change server time?

On Linux Server::


1. Login as a Root.

2. The time zones are located on server in the directory /usr/share/zoneinfo, so change the directory to that one.


root@Server [~]# cd /usr/share/zoneinfo

3. Copy or move the current local time zone so that you will be able to set the time zone as per requirement.


root@Server [~]#cp -p /etc/localtime /etc/localtime-back


root@Server [~]#mv /etc/localtime /etc/localtime-back

4. Now say for example, if you want to set the BST [British Summer Time] time zone for your server then, you will need to create a symbolic link for the same. The command is as follows.


root@Server [~]#ln -s /usr/share/zoneinfo/America/Los_Angeles /etc/localtime

Verify the changes done by “date” command.Code:

root@Server [~]#date

Mon Oct 20 04:51:57 BST 2008

If you get the below error while trying to change the time, you need to allow permission to the VPS to change time in the main node.


# date 031612482009

date: cannot set date: Operation not permitted


To correct this problem, exit from the container (#exit) and issue the following commands.

Login to the main node

# vzctl stop

# vzctl set –save –capability sys_time:on

# vzctl start

Where <veid> is your Virtual Environment ID. Next, log back into your virtual environment and issue the following commands to set the appropriate time-zone for the Virtual Environment (VE).

# vzctl enter

# mv /etc/localtime /etc/localtime.old

# ln -s /usr/share/zoneinfo/America/Los_Angeles /etc/localtime

# date

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