Project Server 2010: Language Pack Update

A quick revisit to the Language Pack topic – and a clarification on which languages work with Project Server 2010 – and what do I mean by ‘work’…  In 2007 there were some SharePoint language packs that were ‘not supported’ with Project Server and these could cause issues.  In 2010 there is still a distinction, but now we do support all the languages that SharePoint support, but the level of functionality varies.  We now have the languages that will allow you to see Project menus in the localised language, as well as allowing provisioning of your PWA site in that language and creating project sites – and a small subset of languages which can still be installed if Project Server is present – but will not change how Project Server is displayed (in the TechNet documentation these are termed Compatible languages).  These will give localisation of any SharePoint features used by Project – one example being the Site Actions area.  So an example, and for this I will use the new Galician language pack for SharePoint Server 2010.  Once the Language pack is installed (see our Deployment documentation) and you have run the configuration wizard you will need to go to any sites where you wish to use this new language pack and make it available.  Site Actions, Language settings (under the Site Administration heading).  So here I am turning on Galician for my Central Administration (also note that your default language is shown here – in my case English).

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If I then choose Galego as my Display Language I can see my central admin page in that language

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If I do the same for a Project Web App site I only see a couple of the SharePoint elements showing in Gelago, the remainder shows in the default language – which in my case is English.

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but in Accións do sitio I see the SharePoint support for this language

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As a reminder – if I choose a fully supported Project Server language then I get the full language experience on Project Web App – such as this display in Hebrew

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One final catch with the ‘compatible’ languages is that when we first shipped the RTM release of Project Server 2010 there was a bug that would cause the upgrade of any Project Server 2007 system, including a database attach upgrade, to fail if one of the compatible languages was loaded.  The error would look something like this – which was the result of trying to upgrade Project on a Spanish system that also had the Basque language pack loaded.  The highlighted number indicates the LCID for Basque – 1069.

No se pudo realizar el aprovisionamiento del sitio PWA con error: Microsoft.SharePoint.Upgrade.SPUpgradeException: Action 14.0.248.0 of Microsoft.Office.Project.Server.Upgrade.PublishedDatabaseSequence failed. —> Microsoft.SharePoint.Upgrade.SPUpgradeException: Failed to retrieve localized script for LCID: 1069 section: published version: 14.0.248.0 —> System.IO.DirectoryNotFoundException: No se puede encontrar una parte de la ruta de acceso ‘C:Program FilesMicrosoft Office Servers14.0SqlProject ServerCORE1069LocalizedUpgrade.xml’.

This was quickly resolved, and released in the June 2001 2010 (thanks Ben!) CU for Project Server 2010 – and included in all CUs since – so if you are upgrading from 2007 and have one of these compatible languages installed as a SharePoint Language pack then you should ensure your 2010 farm is upgraded with a CU – and not just at the RTM level.  The compatible languages are:

 

  • Basque (1069) – new addition
  • Bulgarian (1026)
  • Catalan (1027) – new addition
  • Croatian (1050) – at the time of writing the link to this one appeared broken
  • Estonian (1061)
  • Galician (1110) – new addition
  • Hindi (1081)
  • Kazakh (1087)
  • Latvian (1062)
  • Lithuanian (1063)
  • Portuguese (Portugal – 2070)
  • Romanian (1048)
  • Serbian (Latin – 2074)
  • Thai (1054)

The ones that are fully functional are – Arabic, Brazilian, Chinese (SC), Chinese (TC), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian (Bokmal), Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian

On the download page for the Language Packs it isn’t obvious which ones are in this list (I’m hoping to get that rectified) but when you download you will see it either say installing for SharePoint Server 2010, Project Server 2010 and Office Web Apps 2010 – or just SharePoint Server 2010 and Office Web Apps 2010.  It is also obvious from the Control Panel, Programs view which are which – and as you can see I have a selection loaded of both types:

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And the final question I am sure you want the answer to – if you haven’t Bing’d it already – Galician (Galego) is a language spoken in Galicia – an area of northwestern Spain, and just across the border into Portugal.  Who knows – we might even get a UK English localisation one day?