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How to: Setting the date and time on a ByteBlower Server
Posted by Admin Kayako, Last modified by Pieter Vandercammen on 03 October 2018 11:01 AM
The ByteBlower is rarely the only instrument in the lab. Especially when comparing events on different tools,  it's very useful having the same time on all. In this article we'll explain how to configure the time on your ByteBlower.

ByteBower supports two approaches to setting time. The manual time configuration sets time right once. Over weeks, months or years the clock on the system will drift away the real time. The automatic time synchronization takes a bit more work, but avoids this drift.

For a single system we recommend doing the manual time config. Once you have multiple ByteBlowers in your lab, we suggest using NTP or PTP for automatic time synchronization.

Manual Time Configuration

To configure the Time,date and timezone you can use our configurator tool installed on the system. Start this by typing byteblower-configurator in the console

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Go to system configuration

Time Configuration



Configure time and date

If you want to change the time and date, select option 1

You can choose between NTP (Network Time Protocol ) PTP ( only on 2100 and 4100 ) or Manual.


Automatic Time Synchronization

NTP

NTP is the preferred time synchronization on the 1x00 and 3x00 models. The ByteBlower will continuously adapt time to updates from a remote time-server.

For the 4100 and 2100 systems we recommend using PTP. The NTP configuration will only correct time at startup.

For NTP you can use different servers to sync with.


PTP

PTP is the  Precision Time Protocol. This is the preferred option for the ByteBlower 2100 and 4100.  In these models use hardware acceleration for their traffic generation. This extra piece of hardware is also responsible for the time-management.

In addition to the PTP server, you will also need the PTP cable. Each ByteBlower is shipped with an appropriate cable, but you can us at support if it went missing. The cable has a standard RJ45 input. The other end is connected to the network with the PTP master clock.


PTP Clock domain: Clock domain to sync with
PTP User description: ( optional ) description

Configure Timezone

To configure your timezone select option 2

Choose your continent

Choose your country

 Go back to the main menu and Save and Exit to store and active the time configuration

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