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system.master_timezone vs. system.default.timezone

Hi Guys,

I have a question when it comes to TimeZones - I found that setting the system master time zone the system can normalize the time stamps to one point in time, independent of the users time zone settings; and then based on those calculate the local time for the user.

So - if you want to use normalizing; you need to set both system.default.timezone and system.master_timezone in the system properties?

Furthermore, I know how to add additional time zones, but I am not clear on how DST is handled - which format for adding a time zone do I have to follow so that DST calculations are done correctly? Does it make sense to set the Master Time Zone to UTC (when the server is located in the UK anyway)?

Thank you.


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  • Posted on Jan 11, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Hi Anita,

    The system.master_timezone should be set to the time zone of the DB server. The system.default.timezone is used for setting the time zone for company, supplier record, etc during creation. So for example, when a user is created under a company, the user will inherit the time zone of the company if not explicitly set on the user account.

    Regarding DTC, the jvm should automatically take care of it and you donu2019t need to do anything special.

    Hope this helps.



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      Hi Vikram,

      I checked the logs in our system and there were 4 enteries stating the critical issue and says"set system.master_timezone to the application server in GMT and restart the server. "

      Can you please give areas which can cause this issue and how to resolve this.

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