Take care when loading an Office Server 2007 Language packs if you use Project Server 2007

The download page for language packs at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=2447426b-8689-4768-bff0-cbb511599a45&DisplayLang=en allows you to load language packs for many languages on top of your native installed language.  For SharePoint this allows you to create sites in different languages.  In Project these language packs do what the Multi-Language User Interface (MUI) did for 2003 and before – so two users can see the same PWA site in different languages, based on their IE language preference.

The download page however does not distinguish which languages will and will not work for Project Server 2007 – as only a sub-set of the Office ones are supported.  The download page also just has a link for the SharePoint deployment page and not the Project Server one which can be found at http://technet2.microsoft.com/Office/en-us/library/7ac79302-38b1-4187-bbd5-ef9f53c6f9031033.mspx?mfr=true.  The main difference is that for Project you need to install the language pack on your application servers as well as the web front ends.  Load and run the configuration wizard on each server in your farm.

The languages supported by Project Server 2007 are listed on the page linked to above – but more importantly the ones SharePoint supports but Project Server 2007 DOES NOT support are:-

Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Estonian, Hindi, Latvian, Lithuanian, Portuguese – Portugal, (Portuguese – Brazil is supported), Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Thai, Ukrainian.

If you install these then the propagation of other MUI languages may be affected and you may not be able to see languages you expect to, and you will get many errors in your application event log referring to a file – notifications.sql – which cannot be found for these languages.

I will do another post soon (vacation next week!) on the use of language packs both on the client and the server, but just as a taster 2007 handles this much better than 2003.  This week I worked on a project on a Korean version of Project Professional 2007 (US English plus Korean language pack for the project client) and created tasks in English, Korean, Japanese and with various European accents, then saved to my US version of server which had many of the language packs installed.  I then changed my client language to Greek, re-opened the project and could see everything I had saved.  After publishing I could even view my PWA site in Danish and view my project along with the tasks in the different languages.  What?  Next you want us to translate the tasks?  One day…

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