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Hi Guys,

We have an IBM server with Novell Netware 6.5 installed.

I am unable to get the time-zone correctly configured on the server.
I've set the time zone to CAT-2 (South Africa) in the Autoexec.NCF file
The workstations then show the correct time.

However, upon restarting the Novell server, the server automatically reverts back to two hours ahead and the workstations show the incorrect time.  

When issuing the command "set time mm-dd-yyyy hh:mm:ss PM CAT-2"
the server adjusts to the correct time and again the workstations receives the correct time from the server.

Not sure why the time-zone will revert back to "CAT" upon restart? (if this is the actual problem)
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Have you set the clock in the BIOS on the server correctly?
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Try setting it to UTC+2 since there's no DST to worry about in South Africa. I'm not sure of the list of timezones Novell use but CAT and SAST are the same timezone, both are UTC+2 with no DST.
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I didn't mentioned that we are running Netware on a VMWare partition.
Afterwards I checked the WMWare clock, and was out by 2 hours.  I hope this was the problem.

Andy, do you suggest sticking to UTC+2 rather than CAT-2?
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I'm not a Novell expert, but UTC+2 at least means the same whatever OS you have, CAT-2 could mean anything but obviously not 2 hours offset from CAT.

pgm554 had the answer by the looks of it, the (virtual) motherboard clock was wrong. Set time commands from the OS won't change the VMware clock like they change a real mobo clock of course since one VM could then mess up the time for all the others.
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Not sure how the blind URL on how to use NTP instead relates.
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Hi Guys,

As a last comment, I changed the time-zone on the Netware server to UTC+2
The host-machine's time is correct.

After rebooting the host / Netware server, the Netware server's time is 7 minutes behind the host-machine.

Not sure how this could be possible?
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