Windows Server: Install basic language IME

To install Windows Servers, we usually prepare our images with nLite, add all our required storage drivers, updates and scripts. Using nLite, we can also use our Volume License Key and automate most parts of our installations.

This way, we can provision new virtual machines within minutes from scratch and provide a minimalistic basic Windows Server installation. Unfortunately, I somehow managed only to include the “US International” keyboard layout and had to manually add the standard “Swiss German” keyboard layout (and all other basic keyboard layouts).

Normally, one would change these settings in the “Regional and Language Options” dialogue. Well, that list looked something like this:

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Mac OS X Standard de_CH keymap

For my studies, I bought a MacBook Air with the swiss keyboard layout. The Air is really nice to carry around, since it is light, thin and features a battery that lasts for more than 6 hours of light work (e.g. working in Eclipse).

However, one thing I did not really like was the circumstance, that Apple uses a non-standard keyboard layout for its notebooks. When you are typing letters this will most likely not bother you, but as soon as you start to use special characters (such as []{}~\), you’re in trouble.

So I searched for a way to restore the standard keymap for the swiss german keyboard. Luckily, I stumbled upon this great application called Ukelele, which allows you to modify the keymap for Mac OS X.

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My name is Simon Krenger, I am a Technical Account Manager (TAM) at Red Hat. I advise our customers in using Kubernetes, Containers, Linux and Open Source.


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