The Timing is Virtually Everything

Published: August 14th, 2008

Operating systems in general keep time by counting the “ticks” from the processor (I’m sure that is a vast oversimplification of process). Virtual machines unfortunately don’t have unfettered and unlimited access to the processor and as a result, their “tick count” and internal clock quickly becomes skewed. If a virtual machine needs to interact with other systems – like Active Directory – a wildly incorrect time stamp can cause unwanted results.

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