The Variations Create Hierarchies job failed


If you get the following message in variations logs (Site Actions –> Site Settings –> Site Collection Administration –> Variation Logs)  when the “Variations Create Hierarchies Job Definition” executed, it could be due to missing language packs.

“The Variations Create Hierarchies job failed with the following error message: File or arguments not valid for site template ‘CMSPUBLISHING#0’. Parameter name: WebTemplate.”

When installing a language pack in SharePoint 2010 Server make sure the following is followed.

Lets say for “Spanish” language pack

  1. Download SPF 2010 Spanish language pack from
  2. Install the Spanish language pack.
  3. Run the SP configuration wizard.
  4. Download MOSS 2010 Server Spanish language pack from
  5. Repeat step 2 & 3