Every volume has a language. The language of the volume determines the character set Data ONTAP uses to display file names and data for that volume.
Attention: You are strongly advised to set all volumes to have the same language as the root volume, and to set the volume language at volume creation time. Changing the language of an existing volume can cause some files to become inaccessible.
The language of the root volume has special significance, because it affects or determines the following items:
- Default language for all volumes
- System name
- Domain name
- Console commands and command output
- NFS user and group names
- CIFS share names
- CIFS user account names
- Access from CIFS clients that don't support Unicode
- How configuration files in /etc are read
- How the home directory definition file is read
Regardless of the language you specify for the root volume, names of the following objects must be in ASCII characters:
- Snapshot copies
For more information about the root volume, see the System Administration Guide.