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Language requirements for Team Foundation Server

You can install TFS in various languages on supported operating systems in various languages. However, you cannot use every combination of localized operating system with TFS and you can’t install multiple languages on a single TFS server. The language of the installation of SharePoint Products can also complicate your deployment. However, you can add an appropriate language pack to the server that is running SharePoint Products to meet requirements for Team Foundation Server.

The following table outlines the various language combinations that are supported:

Operating system

Team Foundation Server

SharePoint Products

English

English

English

English

Language other than English

Language (or language pack) must match Team Foundation Server

Language other than English

English

English (or English language pack added)

Language other than English

Language must match the operating system

Language (or language pack added) to match Team Foundation Server

The following rules clarify the language requirements for installations of Team Foundation Server.

  • If you are running an English language operating system, you can install any language version of Team Foundation Server. If you are not running an English language operating system, you must install the English version of Team Foundation Server or the version of Team Foundation Server that has been localized for the same language as the operating system.

  • If you want to use SharePoint Products, it must match the language of the installation of Team Foundation Server, or you must install the language pack that matches the language of your installation of Team Foundation Server.

For example, you can install a Japanese version of Team Foundation Server on an English or Japanese operating system but not on a German operating system. If you install a Japanese version of Team Foundation Server, you must also have either a Japanese version of SharePoint Products or the Japanese language pack for SharePoint Products on the server that is running SharePoint Products.

The following components do not have additional language requirements that are specific to working with Team Foundation Server:

  • Team Foundation Build Service

  • Team Foundation Server Proxy

  • Team Explorer

  • Visual Studio Lab Management

Test controllers and agents have their own language requirements. For more information, see the following page on the Microsoft website: Test Controller and Test Agent Requirements

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