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  From the June 2013 Issue of Prestwood eMag
ASP Classic Language Basics:
Get GMT Server Offset
Posted 14 years ago on 5/7/2007
Take Away: You can use JavaScript to set an IIS App var to the GMT server difference. Then use that number in your code.


Here is a technique to get the current GMT offset and use it from ASP. In JavaScript, the getTimezoneOffset function returns the number of minutes offset to GMT and you can use it to set an application variable that you use with ASP.

1. Create an ASP file called SetGMTOffSetApp.asp with the following contents.

<%@ LANGUAGE=JScript %>
  var x = new Date()
  Application("ServerGMTOffset") = 0 - new Date().getTimezoneOffset();

The "0 - " is because in getTimezoneOffset the sign of the offset is reversed. -3 hours GMT is actually returned as 3 by the function, and +8 is returned as -8.

2. In your Global ASA OnStart code, or whever you like, you can do the following:

If Application("ServerGMTOffset") = "" Then Server.Execute "SetGMTOffSetApp.asp"

So when you apply the offset in your code, remember to use the "n" option (for minutes) in the DateAdd function.
eg: GMTNow = DateAdd("n", Application("ServerGMTOffset"), Now)


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Comment 1 of 3

If you're using SQL server, you can also use GETUTCDATE() function SQL gets it from the server's own region settings, like the UTCTime functions does in ASP.NET, so it takes into account daylight savings etc. Remember, good coding means ALL your dates should be stored in UTC time. This is the way to get it.

The SQL code would be:


It's worth doing this in your app's OnStart code (in global.asa).

If Application("ServerUTCDate") = "" Then
... get it from SQL
End If
Posted 14 years ago

Comment 2 of 3

I am so happy to read this. This is the kind of manual that needs to be given and not the random misinformation that’s at the other blogs.

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