To synchronize the time on a Ubuntu computer, with the time from a NTP server, you can simply run the following command:
sudo ntpdate 0.pool.ntp.org
Replace “0.pool.ntp.org” with your NTP time server of choice.
$ sudo ntpdate 0.pool.ntp.org 1 Jul 00:50:12 ntpdate: adjust time server 126.96.36.199 offset -0.001309 sec $
Your time will now be synchronized to the time from the NTP server.
You can put this in a cron job to periodically update the time, to ensure its always up to date. This can be important when looking over logs. The right time makes things a lot easier.
If you need to change your timezone, please check out:
Change the Timezone in Ubuntu