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Using Local Time Zone wtih SQL Server

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I have a date field in an SQL Server 2005 table, and the date is in GMT.  I would like to convert this date field to the local time zone of the user in a SELECT statement.  Currently, all users are on EST, but I would like the flexibility to create this select statement so that if a user on another timezone (PST for example) runs the same query, it will return the date/time in PST.

Is this possible?  If so,how?

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by:tigin44
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you can use the SWITCHOFFSET
here is an example from books online

CREATE TABLE dbo.test 
    (
    ColDatetimeoffset datetimeoffset
    );
GO
INSERT INTO dbo.test 
VALUES ('1998-09-20 7:45:50.71345 -5:00');
GO
SELECT SWITCHOFFSET (ColDatetimeoffset, '-08:00') 
FROM dbo.test;
GO
--Returns: 1998-09-20 04:45:50.7134500 -08:00
SELECT ColDatetimeoffset
FROM dbo.test;
--Returns: 1998-09-20 07:45:50.7134500 -05:00

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