Cisco UCS – Configuring NTP and Configuration Backup

NTP  configuration is essential for any operating systems to display the accurate time. Cisco UCS also requires instance-specific time zone setting and an NTP server to ensure the correct time display in Cisco UCS Manager.  Prior to perform the NTP configuration , you must open a incoming port 123/UDP  to Cisco UCS domain. This article will show you how to configure Cisco UCS Manager Time zone and NTP.  In the second part of article will explain about the UCS manager Configuration  backup.


1. Login in to UCS Manager.


2. Navigate to “Admin” tab and select “Time zone Management” .  Expand and select “Timezone” .  In the right hand pane , You  can see the Properties tab.  Select the appropriate time-zone.

NTP on Cisco UCS
NTP on Cisco UCS


3. In the left size action tab ,Click on  “Add NTP server”.  In the pop-up window, specify the NTP server IP or Hostname.

NTP on Cisco UCS
NTP on Cisco UCS


You will get pop-up like below on successful NTP server configuration.

NTP on Cisco UCS
NTP on Cisco UCS


4. Click on “Save Changes”.


Using CLI also , you can configure the NTP server using few commands.

1. Take the ssh session of UCS Manager.

login as: ucspe
ucspe@'s password:
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 Cisco UCS Platform Emulator  3.0(2c)

Choose an option:

 a: Show  Status

 c: Login to  CLI shell

 n: Modify  Network Settings

 t: Modify  System Settings

 s: Restart UCSPE Processes

 f: Perform a  Factory Reset

 r: Reboot the VM

 x: Logout user

 z: Shutdown the VM

> c
Logging in ...
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The copyrights to certain works contained in this software are
owned by other third parties and used and distributed under
license. Certain components of this software are licensed under
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such license is available at and

ucspe# scope system
ucspe /system #


2. Navigate to the system services.

ucspe# scope system
ucspe /system # scope services


3. Set the NTP server .

ucspe /system/services # create ntp-server
ucspe /system/services* #  commit-buffer
ucspe /system/services #
ucspe /system/services # show NTP
NTP Servers:
ucspe /system/services #


Configuration Backup on UCS Manager:


1. Login to UCS Manager .

2. Navigate  to the “Admin” tab and then “All”. In the right-hand pane, select “Backup Configuration”. From the “Backup Configuration” dialog box, choose “Create Backup Operation”.

UCS Config Backup
UCS Config Backup


3. Click on Create backup operation.

Create Backup Operation
Create Backup Operation


4. Select type as “full State” and location of the backup file as Local filesystem.

Local config Backup
Local config Backup


The complete UCS configuration backup will be stored in the local system. In Future , if you want to perform the similar operation , just re-run the job which we have saved.

Config Backup
Config Backup


Cisco UCS  also provides options to send the configuration backup periodically to the remote system.

Schedule config backup
Schedule config backup


Hope this article is informative to you.