Regional settings default to English when deploying a virtual machine using a template

This article helps you fix an issue in which the regional settings are default to English when deploying a virtual machine by using a template in Virtual Machine Manager (VMM).

Original product version:   System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager
Original KB number:   2709539


Consider the following scenario:

  • A virtual machine is configured to use regional settings other than en-US (example: ja-JP or fr-FR).
  • A VM template is created from this virtual machine using System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager or System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager Service Pack 1 (SP1).

In this scenario, virtual machines that are created using this template are configured to use the en-US regional settings.


Deploying virtual machines using this scenario will override the guest operating system language setting with en-US by default.

Resolution 1

  1. Launch the VMM console.

  2. Select the Settings option.

  3. Select PowerShell and execute the commands below on the respective template.

    $template = Get-SCVMtemplate | where {$_.Name -eq "Template_Name"}  
    $settings = $template.UnattendSettings;  
    $settings.add("oobeSystem/> Microsoft-Windows-International-Core/UserLocale","cy-GB");  
    Set-SCVMTemplate -VMTemplate $template -UnattendSettings $settings


For the steps above, the regional settings (such as cy-GB) will vary based on the language being used.

Resolution 2

Create an unattend.xml with the specific locale settings required. Below is a sample unattand.xml file set to en-us but you can replace the en-us entries with the language code of your choice.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="oobeSystem">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="" xmlns:xsi="">
    <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim:c:/install.wim#Windows Server 2012 SERVERDATACENTER" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />

Refer to the following sites for the regional settings that should be used for each language:

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