Technical Reference for Unicode and ASCII Support in Configuration Manager
Updated: May 14, 2015
Applies To: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1, System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP2, System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager SP1
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager creates most objects by using Unicode characters. However, several objects support ASCII characters only or they have other limitations.
The following sections list the objects that must use characters from the ASCII character set only, or that have additional limitations.
Configuration Manager supports the ASCII character set only when you create the following objects:
All site system server computer names
The following Configuration Manager accounts:
These accounts support ASCII characters and RUS characters on a site that runs in the Russian language.
Client Push Installation Account
Health State Reference Publishing Account
Health State Reference Querying Account
Management Point Database Connect Account
Network Access Account
Package Access Account
Standard Sender Account
Site System Installation Account
Software Update Point Connection Account
Software Update Point Proxy Server Account
The accounts that you specify for role-based administration support Unicode.
The Reporting Services Point Account supports Unicode, with the exception of RUS characters.
FQDN for site servers and site systems
Installation path for Configuration Manager
SQL Server instance names
The path for the following site system roles:
Application Catalog web service point
Application Catalog website point
Enrollment proxy point
Reporting services point
State migration point
The path for the following folders:
The folder that stores client state migration data
The folder that contains the Configuration Manager reports
The folder that stores the Configuration Manager Backup
The folder that stores the installation source files for site setup.
The folder that stores the prerequisite downloads for use by Setup
The path for the following objects:
Virtual application installation path
Virtual application name
The following objects for AMT and out of band management:
The FQDN of the AMT-based computer
The computer name of the AMT-based computer
The domain NetBIOS name
The wireless profile name and SSID
The trusted root certification authority name
The name of the certification authority (CA) and template names
The file name and path for the IDE redirection image file
The contents of the AMT data storage
Boot media .ISO file names
The following are additional limitations for supported character sets and language versions:
Configuration Manager does not support changing the locale of the site server computer.
An enterprise certification authority (CA) does not support client computer names that use double-byte character sets (DBCS). The client computer names that you can use are restricted by the PKI limitation of the IA5 character set. In addition, Configuration Manager does not support CA names or subject name values that use DBCS.
The Configuration Manager database supports Unicode for most objects that it stores, and when possible, it displays this information in the operating system language that matches the locale of a computer. For the client interface or Configuration Manager console to display information in the computer’s operating system language, the computer’s locale must match a client or server language that you install at a site.
However, several Configuration Manager objects do not support Unicode, and they are stored in the database by using ASCII, or they have additional language limitations. This information is always displayed by using the ASCII character set or in the language that was in use when the object was created.