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August 5, 2009 / red1s

Installing a Language Pack for MOSS


The multi-lingual capabilities in MOSS are very cool. You can create sites in non-English languages simply by installing the appropriate language pack. This is especially slick when you are using variations (will cover this in another post).

Note, the installation process is not very intuitive so I’ll provide details below.

1. Download the appropriate files.

a. For MOSS, you will need the MOSS and WSS files

b. Remember there are specific 64bit versions

c. On each of the download pages, change the language in the selector to the language pack you want

NoteNote:

If you are running Service Pack 2 (SP2) of Office SharePoint Server 2007 you only have to download the SP2 language packs. The SP2 language packs include all materials that are in the SP1 language packs.

You must download both the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 language packs and the Office SharePoint Server 2007 language packs.

d. Here are your download links

i. WSS Language pack http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=36EE1BF0-652C-4E38-B247-F29B3EEFA048&displaylang=en

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ii. WSS Language pack SP1  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=EF93E453-75F1-45DF-8C6F-4565E8549C2A&displaylang=en

Microsoft Download WSS Service Pack Site in Arabic

iii. MOSS Language pack http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=2447426B-8689-4768-BFF0-CBB511599A45&displaylang=en

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iv. MOSS Language pack SP1 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=1F5C7D10-B4F9-482D-B0E5-9547A7F508E5&displaylang=en

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Microsoft Download WSS Service Pack Site in Arabic

2. Install the files

a. The install wizard will be in the language of the language pack… so know how to say ‘Next’ in that language!… or practice on the English version

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b. Follow these steps

i. Install WSS Language Pack (don’t run the MOSS Configuration Wizard)

ii. Install MOSS Language Pack (don’t run the MOSS Configuration Wizard)

iii. Install WSS Language Pack SP1 (don’t run the MOSS Configuration Wizard)

iv. Install MOSS Language Pack SP1

v. Run the MOSS Configuration Wizard (choose to not disconnect from farm)

3. Test !

a. Create a new site; you should see a drop down for Language which includes your newly installed language

b. Go to the new site and learn how to say ‘Site Actions, ‘Edit Page’ in a foreign language!

4. Create Variations:

Enable Site Variations
  • Go to Site Settings->Site Collection Administration
  • Click ‘Variations’
  • Select ‘/’ to create variations for the top level site
  • Leave all other options to default settings and Click ‘OK’

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5. Configure Variation Labels
  • Go to Site Settings->Site Collection Administration
  • Click ‘Variation Labels’
  • On the’ Variation Labels’ screen, click ‘New Label’ and create an English label

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  • On the’ Variation Labels’ screen, click ‘New Label’ and create an Arabic label
6. Create Hierarchies
  • On the’ Variation Labels’ screen, click ‘Create Hierarchies’
  • The wizard automatically creates hierarchies for sites and sub sites and pairs them as well.
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