Regional Settings on a Mailbox

by Jaap Wesselius [Published on 11 May 2011 / Last Updated on 28 Oct. 2010]

After creating a new mailbox the first time a user logs on using OWA he has to set the language and the timezone. You can set this during provisioning of the mailbox, but it can only be achieved using the Exchange Management Shell.

To create a new mailbox (using the Shell) you can use something like this:

$password = Read-Host "1StrongPassword" -AsSecureString

New-Mailbox -Name "Joe Sixpack" -UserPrincipalName Joe@contoso.com -Alias Joe -Database "Mailbox Database 123" -OrganizationalUnit "contoso.local/accounts/sales" -FirstName Joe -LastName Sixpack -DisplayName "Joe Sixpack III" -Password $password -ResetPasswordOnNextLogon $true
 

Set-MailboxRegionalConfiguration -identity "Joe Sixpack" -language "nl-NL" -TimeZone "GMT+1"

The timezone is the timezone being used on the Exchange Server, so if this Exchange Server is located in Holland, and Joe Sixpacks location is in Holland as well there's no need to change the timezone.

To change the language settings on a Virtual Directory level you can use the following commands:

Set-OwaVirtualDirectory -identity "Owa (Default Web Site)" -LogonAndErrorLanguage 1033
Set-OwaVirtualDirectory -identity "Owa (Default Web Site)" -DefaultClientLanguage 1033

 

The Author — Jaap Wesselius

Jaap Wesselius is an independant consulting working in the Netherlands. Jaap's focus is primarily on Exchange Server solutions, but he's also working on Hyper-V solutions since the first beta releases of Hyper-V. Before starting as an independant consultant, Jaap has worked for 8 years with Microsoft in The Netherlands, also in the Exchange Server arena. He has been working on Enterprise Exchange solutions, but also done a lot of working in Exchange Hosted Solutions (and before Hosted Exchange, in MCIS, but that was long ago ;-)

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