With the launch of Exchange 2010, we have introduced a new way to manage the set of languages available for Exchange.
In previous versions of Exchange, you had one server language per DVD. In Exchange 2010, we have changed to a new language neutral design. This allows us to release all available languages in a single DVD. We can also add and update additional languages over the lifetime of the product. This model also allows us to easily update the translation quality over the lifetime of the product. We are no longer dependent on component updates or service pack deployments.
We provide this flexibility through the use of a language pack bundle. The Exchange 2010 RTM DVD contains our initial version of this bundle. Exchange Setup will install this bundle from the DVD, from a network share, or recommend you to download the most up to date version of the bundle if your server has internet access. Since Exchange 2010 RTM, we have released an updated build of the bundle, available from here. Our recommendation is that all customers deploy this updated bundle as it contains both additional client languages, as well as translation improvements for all the languages. An up to date list of supported languages can be found in Exchange 2010 Language Support. Going forward, we do expect to release updated language pack bundles to improve quality and add additional languages.
The language bundle is delivered as a single downloadable file which includes all localized resources for the server— including Exchange Management Console (EMC) and client (OWA & ECP) interfaces within Exchange. To get a localized experience in EMC, ECP and OWA, you need to install the language pack. Listed below are three scenarios that we would like to call out and provide guidance around them with regards to language pack installation.
- Language pack bundle deployment as part of the initial server setup
This scenario applies to an environment where you are installing the language during the fresh setup of your server. We recommend you to install the Language pack in this scenario from the DVD. While the installation of the bundle is available from the usual graphical setup, commands line options are also available. For this scenario use:
Setup.com /mode:install /roles:.... [/LanguagePack:
- Language pack bundle deployment for the first time post initial server setup
This scenario applies to you, if you have set up your server first and now want to install the Language pack , we recommend you to download the latest Language pack from the download center and follow the steps therein. If you prefer to use the command line option, use :
Setup.com /mode:install /LanguagePack:
- Language pack update
You are already using the language pack bundle, and now want to update it to the latest available. In this scenario, update the exiting bundle with the latest Language pack from the download center and follow the steps therein. In addition, you could also install it using the command line:
Setup.com /mode:upgrade [/LanguagePack:
- Before installing the language pack bundle, ensure that your OS is installed in the language that you would like to use Exchange in.
- You should deploy the new or updated language pack bundle starting with your mailbox servers.
- After installing the Exchange language packs, restart the computer to complete the installation of the language packs.
- If there is no language pack bundle deployed, English will be the only language available for Client and Server, regardless of the OS Language.