SharePoint 2010 Language packs, finding them, collecting them and deploying them
A few thousand years ago, humans were a race of hunter/gatherers. We also lived in caves and were a very simple and crude race. At times when working with SharePoint, you can find that the old mindset is coming back…if only for a few seconds.
I have been in the situation myself where I find myself lost regarding language packs, so I was forced to find all these things out and here are my findings for you to reuse at will.
This post will not cover what language to use when and when you need to do some more work to get a site completely localized, that is for another post. This is about deploying them, getting the correct bits onto the servers and getting them to work.
What do I need to install:
First: Technet states that: SharePoint Foundation 2010 language packs are not required for SharePoint Server 2010.(Deploy language packs (SharePoint Server 2010))
Perhaps there are different opinions as there are about what to install regarding CU’s, but I have followed this advise without any issues or missing language bits.
Now, you have a series of different LP’s and namings are different in different places, I’ll focus on the clean SharePoint 2010 Foundation and Server. No Project or other unrelated stuff touched here…
At the very end of this post you will find the complate list of Languages available. (Updated 11-11-04)
You need the Language Pack files for the language you need to have present in your sites. English, German, French, Arabic…at this point in time, I would recommend that you install the LP and its SP1.
The same goes for Foundation as well as for server.
Find the binaries:
Correct me if you think that I’m wrong, but it was never easy to find the files you need. I have simply collected the links you need in one place.
Language Packs for SharePoint Foundation 2010
Service Pack 1 for Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 Language Pack (KB2460059) (Naming is brilliantly describing, thank you Microsoft)
Description from Microsoft, judging by the english LPSP1 at 9MB there has not been many updates which is a good thing:
Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 Language Pack contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability.
Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.
The KB: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2460059
See Server for details on the actual downloads. Difference here is that the name of the complate package for foundation is ‘SharePointLanguagePack.exe’ instead of ‘ServerLanguagePack.exe’ for Server. I would rename the ‘SharePointLanguagePack.exe’ to ‘SPFoundationLanguagePack_en-us.exe’ . The LPSP1 for foundation has a nice spf in front of it (spflanguagepack2010sp1-kb2460059-x64-fullfile-en-us.exe), placing it on your foundation servers. Although, maybe ‘FoundationLanguagePackSP1_en-us.exe’ would be easier and more explaining…
2010 Server Language Packs for SharePoint Server 2010, Project Server 2010, Search Server 2010, and Office Web Apps 2010 (is the ‘short’ name of this LP)
Service Pack 1 for Server Language Pack 2010 (KB2460056) (again, naming is a bit off…no mentioning of SharePoint which can throw you off a bit…)
The design of the downloadpage will change based on what language you select, and in a few languages you must press ‘Change’ or the button that corresponds in that language. After you have pressed change, or as in for example the english page, that will redirect on the dropdown-select and a click on the page, you can start the download (you will get it). The file you will get is named ‘ServerLanguagePack.exe’ no matter what language it is for. A nice best practise is to rename it during or after it is downloaded to something like SPServerLanguagePack_en-us.exe or similar, so that you can separate your different language pack files later on.
For the Language Pack Service Pack 1, you obviously have something completely different. The site will look a little different but generally the same, it will just like the LP page look different in different languages, so that needs no further description.
What is really different is the files you get. They are here named as: serverlanguagepack2010sp1-kb2460056-x64-fullfile-en-us.exe, Obviously…I rename them simply ServerLanguagePackSP1_en-us.exe as they will most likely end up together in one folder.
All download pages and packages are localized in itself, so if you need to install for example an arabic LP and don’t speak arabic, make sure to memorize the location and meaning of the buttons, but also remember that they will be mirrored.
Install the binaries:
This is the official technet version: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc288518.aspx
Use any method you prefer, clicking on them one by one and wait for it to finish, then click the next, and so on. Or…you do as I usually do, create a script. In a multitier farm this is essential so that you can save time to do other great things.
My simple script looks like this for the Swedish and German LP’s + LPSP1: (saved in a text file as Install_LP.cmd)
“C:\Updates Binaries\SPFoundationLanguagePack_sv-se.exe” /quiet
“C:\Updates Binaries\SPFoundationLanguagePack_de-de” /quiet
“C:\Updates Binaries\SPFoundationLanguagePackSP1_sv_se.exe” /quiet
“C:\Updates Binaries\SPFoundationLanguagePackSP1_de-de.exe” /quiet
Install the binaries on every Application and Web server in your farm!
This is the only approach that will be accepted when you want to run the PSConfig/Config Wizard to finalize the update in the farm. The technet instruction above is a bit shaky on this particular subject but this is a fact, you need the exact same Language Packs’s on all of your servers, except off course the Database servers and the email servers…
In order to run PSConfig, I also use a script to do it, save a text file in the same folder as the updates and name it Install_PSConfig.cmd (or something you like better). It needs a single line:
“C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\BIN\psconfig” -cmd upgrade -inplace b2b -wait
Direct it to where your 14 Hive is located. This way, you don’t have to look up the exact functions of the PSConfig tool every time…
(if you have a multitier farm with many servers, store the scriptfiles on a fileshare and the path will be the same on all servers, you will also only have to update it in one place.)
This is the official technet version: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262108.aspx
Same store as for FOundation, the files are different but the method needs to be the same. The script would now look something like:
“C:\Updates Binaries\SPServerLanguagePack_sv-se.exe” /quiet
“C:\Updates Binaries\SPServerLanguagePack_de-de” /quiet
“C:\Updates Binaries\SPServerLanguagePackSP1_sv_se.exe” /quiet
“C:\Updates Binaries\SPServerLanguagePackSP1_de-de.exe” /quiet
(The SP1’s takes very long time to apply…if memory serves me right)
Slipstreaming the SharePoint Language Packs, do or not to do?
During the SharePoint installation, the answer is NO! Not supported, can’t do it! The /Updates folder is only for SharePoint updates and SharePoint updates alone, ServicePacks and Cumulative updates and the likes, functional add-ons like LP’s not included. Try it if you will, but it will simply not work.
During the Language Pack installation…given the way I do it with a silent script, I would say Do NOT. Slipstreaming the LP updates is possible but it does not really save you a lot of time and I know that there have been issues. You will easily loose more than you win.
After you have found, downloaded and installed your Languages, how do you see that they are installed at all…? There are a few places to look.
Control panel on one of your SharePoint Web or Application servers:
The Language Pack.
The Language Pack Service Pack 1
In CA you will find information on upgrades in 3 places, Servers in farm, Check Product And Patch Istallation Status and Check Upgrade Status. If your Check Upgrade statyus looks like this you can relax, for this time…
I almost forgot! Powershell. Check out installed and missing updates by running:
Get-SPProduct | select *
Get-SPProduct | select -ExpandProperty PatchableUnitDisplayNames
(Requires that you first run add-pssnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.powershell)
There are probably things that should be here that I have missed, or that you think is incorrect or that should be included. Please let me know so that I can correct this and make this a better place of information on Language pack finding, collection and deployment.
1 down, at least 3500 steps left to get your ultimate SharePoint 2010 farm in order…
List of available languages (list updated September 16, 2010 at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff463597.aspx)
Chinese (Simplified) 2052
Chinese (Traditional) 1028
Norwegian (Bokmål) 1044
Portuguese (Brazil) 1046
Portuguese (Portugal) 2070
Serbian (Latin) 2074