How to set the NTP server on all ESX hosts in vCenter at the same time with PowerCLI

I was frustrated with a number of my lab hosts have the wrong times/timezones. Rather than going to each ESXi host to update the time servers, I ran a simple script to do it with PowerCLI.

As before running any script, you must authenticate with the vCenter or the host by running

Connect-VIServer <hostname>

Then, we’ll cycle through each of the ESXi hosts and add an ntp server. Obviously, use the time server you want i.e. time.apple.com or clock.redhat.com 🙂

Get-VMHost | Add-VMHostNtpServer -ntpserver "0.ubuntu.pool.ntp.org"

With that set, you can then move on to punching the hole through the firewall to request the time from the servers.

get-vmhost | Get-VMHostFirewallException | where {$_.Name -eq "NTP client"} | Set-VMHostFirewallException -Enabled:$true

#Start NTP client service and set to automatic
get-vmhost | Get-VmHostService | Where-Object {$_.key -eq "ntpd"} | Start-VMHostService
get-vmhost | Get-VmHostService | Where-Object {$_.key -eq "ntpd"} | Set-VMHostService -policy "automatic"

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