We have been facing the NTP service issue on various Linux VMware VMs. The NTP service is stopping abruptly and the time is getting reset to UTC. And when I checked the 'ntpd' service status, it shows "ntpd dead but pid file exists".
Portion of /var/log/messages, which shows the Time is getting reset to UTC:
Dec 12 08:52:50 rvbd-chi-tap01 ntpd: synchronized to LOCAL(0), stratum 10
Dec 12 08:52:50 rvbd-chi-tap01 ntpd: kernel time sync disabled 0041
Dec 12 08:53:53 rvbd-chi-tap01 ntpd: kernel time sync enabled 0001
Dec 12 08:53:56 rvbd-chi-tap01 ntpd: synchronized to 22.214.171.124, stratum 2
Dec 12 08:53:56 rvbd-chi-tap01 ntpd: time correction of 3788 seconds exceeds sanity limit (1000); set clock manually to the correct UTC time.
Please give me solution to fix this NTP service issue. I want them to be up and running always and in sync with our NTP servers. Please let me know if you need more details on this.