This article will show how to configure a Multilingual User Interface (MUI) language on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 by means of configuring a GPO or using RES Workspace Manager.
First make sure you've installed the appropriate language pack(s) on the Operating system. See this post for instructions how to do so. Once you've installed the language, your users can select it from the "Region and Language" section in the "Control Panel", as long as you haven't disabled access to that part of the Control Panel. In an Enterprise scenario however, it is commonly required to push such settings towards certain (groups of) users. Below are two methods of doing so.
Using a Group Policy Object (GPO)
- Open the Group Policy Management snap-in.
- Open an existing GPO or create a new one.
- Navigate to the following key: User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Control Panel, Regional and Language Options.
- Open the setting "Restricts the UI languages Windows should use for the selected user".
- Enable the setting and select the desired language from the drop down menu.
- Press OK and close the GPO.
- Attach the GPO to the correct Organizational Unit (OU) and make sure the users that should receive this language are added to the Security Filter.*
|Effect of the applied policy|
Using RES Workspace Manager 2012
- Open "RES Workspace Manager Console".
- Go to "User Context", "Languages".
- Select "Enable mapping of language to Language Pack".
- Select an installed Language Pack and map it to the appropriate language.
- Save Settings.
|RES Workspace Manager LanguagePacks|
- Now RES will adhere to the language that is used in the user's Windows session.
You can also use RES to set the language for Windows. This way, when users change their language using the RES Workspace Preferences and refresh their Workspace, they don't have to log off and in again to apply the changes.
- Go to "Composition", "Actions By Type", "User Registry".
- Right-click and add a "New Registry...".
- Add the following registry setting under the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop: Value type: REG_MULTI_SZ; Value name: "PreferredUILanguages" (without quotes), Value data: <language name>, for example: "nl-NL" (without quotes).
- Continue on to the Access tab.
- Add the appropriate language under Identity.
- Close the Window and save the changes.
- Be sure to enable the "User Registry" feature under the Settings tab. If it's not, you'll receive a warning message.
|RES Workspace Manager Enable User Registry|