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I am running my pfSense gateway in a ESXi server. right now the server gets its time from the NTP server specified in the general settings section of the WebGUI.

I want to disable this so pfSense will only get its time from the local system which is controlled by VMware which is being sync to a local NTP server.

If I look at the FreeBSD manual it talks about changing the value of ntpdate_enable = YES to ntpdate_enable = NO in /etc/rc.conf.

Does this apply to pfSense also?

Oh yeah, here is what I was looking at. FreeBSD Handbook

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Just remove the NTP server under System>General Setup. You can't use any of the rc stuff from stock FreeBSD.

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I am not able to leave the NTP field blank. pfSense returns the error, A NTP Time Server name may only contain the characters a-z, 0-9, '-' and '.'. I am guessing that is a bug. –  Solignis Dec 16 '11 at 4:01
@Solignis, are you running 1.2.x, or 2.0? Chris, I am able to recreate Solignis' "may only contain" error on 1.2.3. –  Royce Williams Dec 20 '11 at 7:56
@Royce Williams, I am running 2.0 –  Solignis Dec 20 '11 at 8:06
Did you get an anwer to this? I am running pfsense 2.1 and cant seem to permanently disable ntp –  mcfedr Oct 28 '13 at 12:09

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