How to Change the Time Zone of Virtual Machines in Azure

When you create a virtual machine in Azure, it is always set to the UTC timezone.

The “normal” process of changing the time zone of a Windows server does not work as expected. You can change the time zone by right clicking on the clock and selecting “Adjust date/time”. If you change the timezone here, it doesn't actually do anything (at least it didn't when I did it). It can also change for a short time and then revert to UTC.

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If you use PowerShell to change the timezone, the change will remain even if the VM is deallocated and relocated.

01 – As we can see the time zone of the virtual machine is (UTC) Coordinated Universal Time.

02 – First, we need to see what are the options to change the time zone. We can see this by running the Get-TimeZone cmdlet.

Get-TimeZone -ListAvailable

03 – We can filter the list for the South America time zone with the following command.

Get-TimeZone -ListAvailable | where ({$_.id -like “*South America*”})

04 – We use the Set-TimeZone cmdlet to change the VM's timezone. You must put the Id of the Get-TimeZone cmdlet in the Id parameter of the Set-TimeZone cmdlet.

Set-TimeZone -Id “E. South America Standard Time”

05 – As we can see the time zone was changed to (UTC-03:00) Brasília.

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Jádson Alves
Graduated in Informatics Degree from Universidade Tiradentes, Postgraduate in Administration and Security of Computer Systems from Universidade Estácio de Sá, Postgraduate in Information Security from Universidade Estácio de Sá, MBA in Computer Network Management from FANESE, MCT Certification, MCSE Core Infrastructure and MCSA Windows Server 2012, with over 07 years of IT experience. With knowledge in Windows Server operating systems, Linux operating systems, Virtualization, Azure, Asset monitoring with Zabbix.
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