Configuration Manager Date and Time Formats

Actions, in System Center Configuration Manager, that include date and time values are common, such as get current date and time, 50 days from today is what date?, or find out what day of the week falls on a certain date. When you write queries or compose reports from information that is stored in the Configuration Manager site database, you can express the date and time in any valid SQL format. An example is any expression that has a SQL Server datetime data type or that can be converted implicitly, such as an appropriately formatted character string (for example, “1998.10.31��?).

The times that are stored in the Configuration Manager site database can be local or in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Status Message Viewer can convert to local time, but queries and reports cannot. What you see might be seven hours later than expected, if local time is Pacific Daylight time. Therefore, the user must be aware of the following:

Status messages are all in UTC.

Offers can be in UTC or local time, depending on a switch that is set in the Configuration Manager console. The property in SMS_Advertisement is AssignedScheduleIsGMT (true/false).

Inventory is always in local time.

This property is lazy, but you can view it by using WBEMtest.

Depending on the context, you might encounter time notations in the following format:

19981118175900000000+***

The following information corresponds to the values in the previous example.

Value Description
1998 Year
11 Month
18 Day
1759 Hour
00 Second
000000 Microsecond
+*** Offset from local time

The following table lists valid datetime formats that you can use.

Style number without century Style number with century Type Output Style
- 0 or 100 Default mon dd yyyy hh:mm
1 101 USA mm/dd/yyyy
1 102 ANSI yyyy.mm.dd
3 103 British/French dd/mm/yyyy
4 104 German dd.mm.yyyy
5 105 Italian dd-mm-yyyy
6 106 dd-mon-yyyy
7 107 mon.dd.yyy
8 or 108 hh:mm:ss
9 or 109 mon dd yyyy

hh:mi:ss:mmmAM (or PM)
10 110 USA mm-dd-yy
11 111 JAPAN yy/mm/dd
12 112 ISO yymmdd
13 or 113 dd mon yyyy

hh:mi:ss:mmm (24 h)
14 114 hh:mi:ss:mmm (24 h)

Besides full datetime formats, you can also use datepart formats, which are also valid for Query Builder or for writing reports from the System Center Configuration Manager site database. Datepart formats provide only part of the full datetime format (for example, the year or just the day of the month). The following table lists valid datepart formats.

Datepart value Abbreviations Limits
Year Yy 1753-9999
Month Mm 1-12
Day Dd 1-31
Hour Hh 1-23
Minute Mi 0-59
Second Ss 0-59
Millisecond Ms 0-999

See Also

About Configuration Manager Objects