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DNA server change NTP servers and/or timezone

Hi community, does anyone know of a maglev/CLI command to change the NTP time servers and/or timezone on the DNA servers themselves? Our cluster's time's out according to the "date" command which is causing time drift errors in assurance.

I know running through the maglev config-update wizard again is one approach but we've had issues getting a stable cluster deployed so wondered if there was a more straight forward option via webgui or cli? (I can't find anything online)

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Hi,

 

From my understanding, DNA Center's base time operates using UTC only and cannot be changed. However, the DNA Center web UI should automatically update the display time to match that of your browser/workstation. If you check under the Assurance tab, does the timestamp at the top right of the UI match UTC or BST?

 

Also the timezone that you set under Design -> Network Settings -> Network -> Site is used for scheduling the provisioning and updating of devices. For example, when you attempt to provision a device that is associated to a site using the Europe/London timezone and select to provision Later, you will be presented with the following:

 

DNAC Schedule.PNG

 

The default selected time should be pulled from your browser/workstation (that you can then modify) with the timezone pulled from site settings (although it doesn't clearly display the timezone under this window)

 

Can you check this on your appliance?

 

Hope that this helps

Will

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AFAIK you must make this type of change via the maglev wizard. The maglev config wizard allows you to make changes below the application/GUI level. Lastly, this type of change will not affect system services. However, once the changes are made via the wizard it restarts the DNAC interfaces. HTH!

 

Edited to include experience from earlier today:  Literally just changed NTP server configuration for all three nodes in a DNAC cluster running 1.3.3.5 about two hours ago.  Use ssh to run a sudo maglev-config update on each node, then via the wizard proceed through until you get to NTP server settings, modify and proceed, and you will be good to go.  No downtime, no service interruption, no issues.  Cheers!

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Thanks for your advice, I changed the NTP servers successfully however the timezone of the DNAC server itself is still out as its set to UTC (I'm in BST as are all of my switches).

 

Does the timezone come from the NTP server itself or can you set it somewhere else (appreciate you can set it under the design tab but thats just to reflect remote site differences)

 

I'd like to have my DNAC appliance use the BST timezone for scheduling and assurance purposes.

 

Thanks again

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Hi,

 

From my understanding, DNA Center's base time operates using UTC only and cannot be changed. However, the DNA Center web UI should automatically update the display time to match that of your browser/workstation. If you check under the Assurance tab, does the timestamp at the top right of the UI match UTC or BST?

 

Also the timezone that you set under Design -> Network Settings -> Network -> Site is used for scheduling the provisioning and updating of devices. For example, when you attempt to provision a device that is associated to a site using the Europe/London timezone and select to provision Later, you will be presented with the following:

 

DNAC Schedule.PNG

 

The default selected time should be pulled from your browser/workstation (that you can then modify) with the timezone pulled from site settings (although it doesn't clearly display the timezone under this window)

 

Can you check this on your appliance?

 

Hope that this helps

Will

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Thanks for your help - that clears it up.
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No problem. Also just to note that there is a known DNAC bug that causes assurance to report that device time has drifted. Bug details below. I hit this same issue which I suspect was due to an unsupported timezone on the network devices which I removed to fix the problem. I've not had any issues with a timezone of GMT/BST so far though. This was with DNAC 1.3.1.4 but should be fixed in newer versions I believe.

 

https://bst.cloudapps.cisco.com/bugsearch/bug/CSCvr46035/?rfs=iqvred

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