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I have 2 Windows 2008 Server R2 machines - one is Japanese language based and the other English. When I try to connect from the English language server using Windows Server Backup (snap-in) I get the following message:

"An internal error has occurred in the backup engine or the computer that you are connected to remotely is running a version of backup application that is not compatible with the version on your local computer"

Both claim to be running Version 1 of Windows Server Backup. Is remote connection to non-identical language server OSs a known problem?

Specifically this is seen when attempting the "Connect To Another Server" in the action pane of Windows Server Backup.

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Have you installed the Microsoft Multilingual packs into the English system(s)? A quick Google search yields:

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