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omnis092
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Posted - 03/21/2013 :  13:52:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Let me start by listing the constraints I'm working under:

- I have read-only access to the database
- I am working in Crystal Reports, using the custom SQL command functionality
- SQL server 2008
- Crystal v11 / 2005

I have the need to determine a UTC datetime given a specific local datetime.

For instance:

- Given 2/28/13 1:00 AM local (-5 offset) the UTC would be 2/28/13 6:00 AM.

My problem is I do not know the offset and cannot figure a way out to calculate it for a specific datetime.

The current offset is easy...a datediff from a getdate and getUTCdate, but that gives you the wrong offset depending on the datetime.

For instance right now for New York the offset is -4 because we're in daylight saving time, so if I use the getdate/getUTCdate difference I'll get 4, but if I apply that to say...2/28, I'll get the wrong UTC date because on 2/28 the offset was -5 (not daylight saving).

I cannot do this at the app (crystal) level due to the dataset I require, so I'm stuck with a SQL query, and I cannot write a store procedure or function because I have read-only access.

Anyone have any idea how I can accomplish this?
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