Tuesday, November 4, 2014

SCCM 2012x: Console In Different Language

The beginning
I don’t know about you. But even though I like my native language (Dutch) a lot, I prefer English when working with IT related stuff. Localized versions of Windows for instance aren’t my thing at all. Just give me the English version please Smile. So when the SCCM 2012 R2 Console opened like this on a W7 workstation at a customers location I wasn’t happy at all:

Ouch! This isn’t going to work for me at all. Time for a change.

The challenge
The SCCM 2012x Console comes with different languages. Based on the language used by the OS, the SCCM 2012x Console is loaded in the same language (provided the language is present for the SCCM 2012x Console).

This thread on the TechNet Forum for SCCM 2012x tells it all: ‘ …Each time the Configuration Manager console opens, it determines the configured language settings for the computer, verifies whether an associated language pack is available for the Configuration Manager console, and then opens the console by using the appropriate language pack. When you want to open the Configuration Manager console in English regardless of the configured language settings on the computer, you must manually remove or rename the language pack files on the computer…’

So when you want to change the language of the SCCM 2012x Console, you should have to change the language used by the OS as well. For this customer this couldn’t be done. So that was not an option. Time for another approach.

Quick & dirty but WITH the anticipated results…
As it turned out there is a quick and dirty fix for it:

  1. Close the SCCM Console running on your system;
  2. Go to the installation folder of the SCCM Console on the Windows Computer where you run the SCCM Console from, typically this folder: ~:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Configuration Manager\AdminConsole\bin;
  3. Rename the TWO folders containing the language files you DON’T want to use. In my case:
  4. Like this:

When the SCCM 2012x Console is started it will use English instead:

So whenever the SCCM 2012x Console uses a language you don’t want, use this approach an be happy.

1 comment:

Gregory said...

Or as mentioned in the documentation:


To install an English-only version of the Configuration Manager console on computers:

1. In Windows Explorer, browse to \Tools\ConsoleSetup\LanguagePack.

2. Rename the .msp and .mst files. For example, you could change .MSP to .MSP.disabled.

3. Install the Configuration Manager console on the computer.