SQL Server setup media does not support the language of the OS: SCVMM deploying non-English VMs in English by default (!)

Ever deployed a non-English Windows server via SCVMM and then tried installing SQL server on it? Won’t work. The OS and SQL server languages have to match and in a stroke of genius SCVMM always make the base deployment for any new VM templates in English!!

What I’d imagine throws most people off is that the OS will display in the language locale you’d expect – Japanese in my case, but underneath the settings will be English. This can be verified by opening the command prompt. All errors will be in English and not the language the GUI is displayed in.

Error message:
“SQL Server setup media does not support the language of the OS or does not have ENU localized files. Use the matching language-specific SQL Server media or change the OS locale”

It’s easy enough to fix with an update to the SCMMM VM templates (use the updated template to re-deploy the server OS):

The InputLocale values must match with “ja-JP” or whatever you wish to use. To get the values, please refer to:

Language Pack Default Values: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766191(v=ws.10).aspx

Default Input Locales: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766503(v=ws.10).aspx

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