100K Views of BLKSTHL

100.000 views of  BLKSTHL_180 !

…a small step for the SharePoint Community, but a huge step for a simple SharePoint enthusiast…


Today, on April 16th 2013 I got my 100.000’nd view on http://blog.blksthl.com. It’s an amazing feeling. I never suspected that when I first started blogging about a year and a half ago. As you can see in my very first post ever: https://blog.blksthl.com/2011/06/23/first-post/
the content has improved somewhat since then…
I’m honoured and humbled be this great number, if it were unique visitors then it would be a lot of people…all of these visits from people all over the World, all in all, I have had people coming in from 174 different countries to visit, that’s really Amazing!

All I can do now is try to keep it up, I’ll try to keep writing the guides that nobody else does, try to add the information that is not avalible in any decent form anywhere else. If you have a topic that you want me to do a post on or a guide on how to do, let me know and I’ll think about it.

I also have to say
THANK YOU as well to all of you who have visited my blog
THANK YOU who have commented
THANK YOU who have contributed
Thanks a lot everyone for reading what I write.

I also have to say a special thanks to my friends and coworkers over time who have in different ways helped me and supported me during my SharePoint efforts, without these guys, I would never have managed:
Mattias Gutke, Björn Rosen, Anders Grönlund, Niklas Goude, Andrija Marcic, Mattias Karlsson.
Thanks guys!

With that, onward towards 200.000, or maybe 1.000.000 is the next official milestone?


Keep enjoying!


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SharePoint Server 2013 Language Packs

Hi dear friends!

Update: Additional SharePoint Server 2013 LP’s (the full list) made GA, Generally Available since April 30 – SharePoint Server 2013 LP’s

Language support in SharePoint 2013 onprem…
(Lacking better info, I assume that the same list applies to SharePoint online)


Remember this anyone?

If you are like me you have not seen anything official on the topic of Language Packs and release dates and availability yet (written April 16, 2013).
I don’t know if anyone has put this info out there yet, but I have not found it and then I figure it won’t hurt to do it here I guess…

In my case, I was looking for Swedish, but others need to find their special local language, now I have some info for all of you:

Jump to:
SharePoint Server 2013 LP’s (44 LP’s)
SharePoint Foundation 2013 LP’s (44 LP’s)
Office Web Apps 2013 LP’s (44 LP’s)
Credits and References

 SharePoint in the languages listed under Server Language packs are also available in a localized server version, these are also available at MSDN  

SharePoint Server 2013
Since (March 28) April 30th, all Language Packs are now available as a free download (link) Select your language in the dropdown or use the directlink in the list below.
(serverlanguagepack.img) I recommend renaming the files when downloaded since all LP’s have the same name, add for example the two letter code for your country after the filename: serverlanguagepack_se.exe (Swedish SPS LP)

TechNet suggests you take one of the following actions:
For Windows Server 2012, open the .img file directly and run Setup.exe (double-click it).
For Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, use a program that can mount or extract .img files. Then run Setup.exe (double-click it).

Generally Available Server Language packs listed:

Language Release date
English March 28, 2013
German April 30, 2013
French April 30, 2013
Hebrew April 30, 2013
Italian April 30, 2013
Japanese April 30, 2013
Spanish April 30, 2013
Catalan April 30, 2013
Portuguese-Brazil April 30, 2013
Chinese – Simplified April 30, 2013
Chinese – Traditional April 30, 2013
Dutch April 30, 2013
Korean April 30, 2013
Russian April 30, 2013
Czech April 30, 2013
Greek April 30, 2013
Hungarian April 30, 2013
Romanian April 30, 2013
Thai April 30, 2013
Turkish April 30, 2013
Ukrainian April 30, 2013
Serbian (Latin) N/A! April 30, 2013
Serbian (Cyrillic) April 30, 2013
Slovak April 30, 2013
Slovenian April 30, 2013
Bulgarian April 30, 2013
Croatian April 30, 2013
Estonian April 30, 2013
Kazakh April 30, 2013
Latvian April 30, 2013
Lithuanian April 30, 2013
Danish April 30, 2013
Finnish April 30, 2013
Norwegian (Bokmål) April 30, 2013
Swedish April 30, 2013
Arabic April 30, 2013
Hindi April 30, 2013
Polish April 30, 2013
Portuguese-Portugal April 30, 2013
Malay (Malaysia) April 30, 2013
Indonesian April 30, 2013
Vietnamese April 30, 2013
Galician April 30, 2013
Basque April 30, 2013

You can also find these on MSDN (and TechNet) (link):

SharePoint Foundation 2013
Language Packs for SharePoint Foundation 2013 is a free download (link)
(sharepointlanguagepack.exe) I recommend renaming the files when downloaded since all LP’s have the same name, add for example the two letter code for your country after the filename: sharepointlanguagepack_se.exe (Swedish SPF LP)
Size: Aproximately 29 MB

Language Release date
English October 30, 2012
German October 30, 2012
French October 30, 2012
Hebrew October 30, 2012
Italian October 30, 2012
Japanese October 30, 2012
Spanish October 30, 2012
Catalan October 30, 2012
Portuguese-Brazil October 30, 2012
Chinese – Simplified October 30, 2012
Chinese – Traditional October 30, 2012
Dutch October 30, 2012
Korean October 30, 2012
Russian October 30, 2012
Czech October 30, 2012
Greek October 30, 2012
Hungarian October 30, 2012
Romanian October 30, 2012
Thai October 30, 2012
Turkish October 30, 2012
Ukrainian October 30, 2012
Serbian (Latin) N/A! October 30, 2012
Serbian (Cyrillic) October 30, 2012
Slovak October 30, 2012
Slovenian October 30, 2012
Bulgarian October 30, 2012
Croatian October 30, 2012
Estonian October 30, 2012
Kazakh October 30, 2012
Latvian October 30, 2012
Lithuanian October 30, 2012
Danish October 30, 2012
Finnish October 30, 2012
Norwegian (Bokmål) October 30, 2012
Swedish October 30, 2012
Arabic October 30, 2012
Hindi October 30, 2012
Polish October 30, 2012
Portuguese-Portugal October 30, 2012
Malay (Malaysia) October 30, 2012
Indonesian October 30, 2012
Vietnamese October 30, 2012
Galician October 30, 2012
Basque October 30, 2012

Office Web Apps 2013
Language Packs for Office Web Apps 2013 is a free download (link)
(wacserverlanguagepack.exe) I recommend renaming the files when downloaded since all LP’s have the ame name, add for example the two letter code for your country after the filename: wacserverlanguagepack_se.exe (Swedish LP)
Size: Aproximately 25.5 MB

List last updated May 23, 2013

Language Release date
Chinese – Simplified
Chinese – Traditional
Serbian (Latin) N/A!
Serbian (Cyrillic)
Norwegian (Bokmål)
Malay (Malaysia)

I hope that this will help you find what you need. This was the kind of info I was looking for and could not find so hopwefully it will help you save time.


Language Packs for Microsoft Office Web Apps Server

Language Packs for SharePoint Foundation 2013

Office Server 2013 Language Pack on MSDN Subscriber Downloads

Install or uninstall language packs for SharePoint 2013 (Foundation and Server)

Thanks to:
Wictor Wilén who pointed out the simple fact to me that the Server LP’s were available on MSDN…a fact I had somehow managed to miss.




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Awarded MVP status

Email in on April 1st 16:55 local time(UTC+1):
Thomas Balkestahl,
Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2013 Microsoft® MVP Award!


On April 1st 2013 I was awarded the title MVP by Microsoft, first time and all, it is hard to grasp what this will mean for me. First off I feel like it is simply an elaborate thank you from Microsoft for the work I have done in the SharePoint community, but in a way it is so much more. Some doors that were previously closed will now be open, I also suspect that the title will bring with it some respect that will help me achieve things and a respect that I will have to live up to, this will be a challenge that I gladly accept!

For those of you who don’t know me or perhaps don’t know me that well (yet?), I can say that a lot of hard work is behind this title, a lot of work! I will not go into detail on what I have done and what I haven’t, but I invite you all to browse around this blog, new and old posts and perhaps you will get a feel of what I have been up to during the last year and a half.
Every award has to be followed up by a thank you speech right? Ok, ok, calm down, I will not break the tradition…Since this blog is my forum for public speech, I will also give the thank you speech here. Ok, here it goes (quiet down everyone):

*** Overly ambitious speech starts here ***

First off I have to thank my family and my parents, my father who is greatly responsible for me being in this trade in the first place. At a computer fair in the late seventies/early eighties he taught me the very essence of programming:
10 PRINT “Thomas”
20 GOTO 10
Those simple lines made me realize that the sky was the limit, anything was possible on a computer and from that fair, I left an enlightened child. Soon after that he provided me with my first personal computer, the Sinclair ZX81, a wonder of modern technology, basic was built-in and all touch keys had its predetermined basic command, like PRINT, GOTO, LIST and so on…so, Dad, Thanks a lot for putting me on a career path that I love! My mother has been equally supporting but less involved in the technology, Thanks Mom!
I also have to thank my two wonderful kids, they always put up with a dad glued to the computer late at night and they are always my no 1 inspiration! I love you both and I would do anything for you!

Thanks to my brother, you are the best brother I could ever want!
My dear friends, all of you, you also know who you are, Thanks! Without my friends I would not endure for long.
To my customers, honestly, some of you have been and are really great and some of you have been the inspiration of some of the more popular posts on this blog!
Thanks to my employers over the years, for putting up with me…especially Microsoft, Enfo Zipper and TrueSec!
Of course, a big THANK YOU to my colleagues at TrueSec, LabCenter and AddLevel. You all inspire me!
In case I unintentionally missed someone, I’ll simply add a big THANK YOU to all the rest, thanks for all the good that you have done.

*** Too long and boring speech ends here ***

Thats it, now I’ll simply keep going and see where that leads me…

Sinclair ZX81


Enfo Zipper

MVP Home

My MVP Profile


Moving on to the next chapter!


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