I have a Java 1.6 webapp running on Tomcat 7. The database is MySQL 5.5. Previously, I was using Mysql JDBC driver 5.1.23 to connect to the DB. Everything worked. I recently upgraded to Mysql JDBC driver 5.1.33. After the upgrade, Tomcat would throw this error when starting the app.
WARNING: Unexpected exception resolving reference
java.sql.SQLException: The server timezone value 'UTC' is unrecognized or represents more than one timezone. You must configure either the server or JDBC driver (via the serverTimezone configuration property) to use a more specifc timezone value if you want to utilize timezone support.
Apparently, to get version 5.1.33 of MySQL JDBC driver to work with UTC time zone, one has to specify the
serverTimezone explicitly in the connection string.
Hope this will help someone else who comes across this problem.