Would you like to learn how to set date and time using NTP on a Cisco Switch using the command-line? In this tutorial, we are going to show you all the steps required to configure date and time using NTP a Cisco Switch 2960 or 3750 using the command-line.

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Tutorial - Configure NTP on Cisco Switch

First, you need to access the console of your Cisco Switch.

In our example, we are going to use an Opensource software named Putty and a computer running Windows.

The Putty software is available on the putty.org website.

After finishing the download, run the software and wait for the following screen.

Putty windows

To access the console of a Cisco Switch model 2960 or 3750, you will need to select the Serial Connection category and use the following options:

• Connection type: Serial
• Serial line: COM1
• Speed: 9600

If COM1 does not work you will need to try to use COM2, COM3, COM4 or the next.

cisco switch terminal settings

Using either the console, telnet or ssh, connect to the command-line of your switch and log in with a user who has administrative privileges.

On the prompt screen, enter the administrative login information.

After a successful login, the console command-line will be displayed.


Use the enable command to enter the privilege mode.

Switch> enable

Use the configure terminal command to enter the configuration mode.

Switch# configure terminal

Configure NTP and the correct Timezone using the following commands:

Switch(config)# ntp server
Switch(config)# clock timezone BR -3 0
Switch(config)# exit

In our example, the timezone code BR was used to represent the Brazilian time.

In our example, the timezone GMT -3 was used to represent the Brazilian time.

In our example, the NTP server is providing the correct time.

Use the following command to verify your configuration.

Switch# show ntp associations
Switch# show clock

Don't forget to save your switch configuration.

Switch# copy running-config startup-config

You have successfully configured NTP on Cisco Switch.