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SBS 2011 RWW Language Choice

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I'm trying to figure out how to have multiple language selection for RWW on SBS 2011.

I have several customers with a SBS 2011 setup, most of which running the English version. Most of these customers are french speaking but it's just so much harder to manage a system in French than it is in English so that's why I always go with English. The only problem is that SBS 2011 has a lot of user facing services, most of which comes with multiple language support built-in (like OWA for example) but some other, for a reason beyond my comprehension, only comes in the same language as SBS itself. This is of the case for RWW.

The funny thing is, for one particular customer, I ordered the French version of SBS 2011 and to my big surprise, RWW is available in both French and English! It even automatically detects your browser regional setting and serves up the pages in the right language. Awesome!

Now, I'm convinced there is a (unsupported) way to bring this to the English version. I know that, officially, SBS 2011 doesn't support SLP or MUI language packs, but there must be some other way.

I tried copying the "(System Drive)\Program Files\Windows Small Business Server\Bin\WebApp\RemoteAccess" folder from the French version over to the English version but that didn't help.

I also tried copying every "FR" folders I could find inside the "Windows Small Business Server" folder over but still nothing.

It appears as if the detection of available languages for RWW doesn't happen inside IIS or its ApplicationPool directories but I can't figure out where.

I'm sure someone with an great understanding of SBS WebApps inner-workings could give me some hints.

Thanks!

PS: I attached screenshots of what it looks like between the French and English version.
rww-english.png
rww-french.png
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So it would seem you might be stuck using the default language of the SBS install, however I have heard some people indicate they create subsites for other language options:

Here is an  MS write-up on languages for RWW:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc940966%28v=ws.10%29.aspx

Also find a similar thread .

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/SBS_Small_Business_Server/Q_27233727.html
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by:jfgingras
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Thanks for you answer becraig.

I did read those two links before posting. Unfortunately, the first one gives the impression that RWW has built-in multiple language support, which isn't the case. It also doesn't give any instruction as to how to install additional languages.

As for the other one, the instructions are quite hard to follow both because of the way they are written and the fact that my "Region and Language" windows doesn't look anything as what he describes.

I can't believe that a localized version of SBS (ie. French) would have multiple languages available (French and English) while the English version would only have English. That doesn't make any sense.

I'm still convinced somebody has the answer!

Anybody?
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I came across a similar discussion, this was for sbs2003 but I think it has some good pointers.

http://www.winvistatips.com/language-remote-web-workplace-t599380.html
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I couldn't find any solution to this problem so I simply abandoned.

Regardless, thank you for your time becraig.
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