How to configure an english Exchange server so that german outlook clients get posteingang instead of inbox?

Posted on 2006-05-28
Last Modified: 2008-02-07
How to configure an english Exchange server so that german outlook clients get posteingang instead of inbbx?

Question by:howart
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    Assisted Solution

    There is nothing that you do on the server.
    OWA picks up the language settings from the settings on the machine that you are accessing the site from. Therefore if the machine is set to English, then all the screens will be in English. You need to make sure that the settings on the workstation are German.
    Once it has been set, it shouldn't matter what the language of the guest machines are.

    I haven't seen any articles about setting the language, but there are plenty for resetting it.

    Therefore you could reset the language on the mailbox and then access OWA so that it picks up German.

    It is a little hit and miss, and has been improved in Exchange 2007 where you can actually set the option when you first login in to OWA.

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    Are you asking about OWA, or normal Outlook?  Once the mailbox has been created, you can only change the Inbox name with code.  Outlook isn't just showing you the Inbox name in English - 'Inbox' is actually the name of the folder.  You need to make sure that the mailbox is accessed from a German client the very first time it is used - that is where the mailbox names come from - they are created on first use, and given names according to the client language.

    You can force OWA to show a German interface easily enough (with a small change to owalogon.asp), but since the Inbox name is still 'inbox', that is what will be displayed.

    This might help you to make sure they get created okay in future, and show you how to change the names of existing Inboxes:
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    Start / Run
    Outlook.exe /resetfoldernames
     Resets default folder names (such as Inbox or Sent Items) to default names in the current Office user interface language.

    The language setting of the client determines that first connects to the mailbox determines the names. If you connect using OWA, the language settings of Internet Explorer determines the foldernames. If you connected to the mailbox with an English client first, you can use the commandline swithch above with a German Outlook (2003) client to reset them.

    Hope this helps.

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    PS: It is advisable to add German to the Locales tab on the server properties in Exchange System Manager.

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