UTC NTP Setup¶
apt install -y chrony;
systemctl enable chrony;
systemctl start chrony;
timedatectl set-local-rtc no && timedatectl set-timezone UTC && timedatectl set-ntp true;
chronyc -a makestep;
problems We see with setting someone’s timezone and enabling NTP¶
they may have a specific timezone set for a specific reason.
they may not have network/access to be able to reach out to x,y,z NTP - we then don’t want to have to write scripts to test network connectivity and then if/else statements to try each specific NTP and set accordingly :(
windows logs (specifically) are not “usually” set to UTC because it is preconfigured to use “local” timezone and not GMT/UTC. Also, most don’t configure the host (after setup) to UTC either.. because they forget or more likely they don’t want UTC to be displayed to the end user in their “clock” – not knowing that the end user clock can be different than the system clock :) except in the case of sysmon.
problems We see with setting the kibana default to UTC¶
many of the reasons mentioned above
specifically reason in that lets say windows logs are coming in as EST – people will have to go back 4 hours to see the latest windows logs.