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PowerShell and SharePoint 2010 Love story – Part 2

In Part 1 of this series we have explored PowerShell basics and how to use it with SharePoint 2010.

Now let’s discover how to write PowerShell script to access SharePoint objects and perform some operations

Create Site collection

The following PowerShell script will Create 10 Site collections under sites managed path from the team site template

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We used New-SPSite cmdlet inside for loop and passed as parameters the site URL, Site owner, template id and site language

cmdlets used: New-SPSite

Add items to Announcements list

our second script is to add items to announcements list which can be helpful if you want to add a lot of items in a list for demo or development or testing purposes

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In this script we retrieved the web object then through object properties we retrieved the list by its title and through for loop we added new item in each loop.

cmdlets used: Get-SPSite, Get-SPWeb

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PowerShell and SharePoint 2010 love story – Part 1

I never was a PowerShell or scripting guy, it is known that the scripting and PowerShell is made for Administrators and infrastructure guys.

With the release of SharePoint 2010 I noticed that Microsoft has added great support for PowerShell in SharePoint 2010. Now All SharePoint 2010 administration tasks can be performed with PowerShell.

SharePoint 2010 Management Shell – command prompt with SharePoint cmdlets loaded

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In SharePoint 2010 PowerShell cmdlets there is 500+ cmdlets which supports all the Administration features through the UI and more.

PowerShell is more powerful than stsadm from functionality and performance perspectives.

For example running a stsadm command to activate feature on 5000 site collection can take more than 12 hours, but if you used the equivalent PowerShell script it will take around 30 minutes to finish the same task.

Also PowerShell supports connecting to a remote server and executing PowerShell cmdlets.

For PowerShell basics check this post PowerShell 2010: Basic Discovery - Zach Rosenfield's SharePoint Blog

Sample SharePoint PowerShell commands

Get-SPSite – this command will return list of all available site collections

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Piping Get-SPSite cmdlets with Get-SPWeb will return all available webs in all site collections

Following sample gets available webs and shows their URL and template name

Get-spsite | get-spweb | Select url,webtemplate

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Next sample will show how to get available services on your farm.

$farm = Get-SPFarm

$farm.Services | Select TypeName,Status

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Note: All SharePoint PowerShell cmdlets their noun starts with SP

You can retrieve available SharePoint cmdlets by executing the following command

Get-command -noun sp*

Hope this post helps you start playing with PowerShell in your SharePoint farm

I will be posting later on sample scripts to create list items and site collections

also About great third party tools helps you in PowerShell scripts development

Free PowerShell books helps you get started

Schweizer IT Professional und TechNet Blog : Free Windows PowerShell workbook: server administration

Master-PowerShell | With Dr. Tobias Weltner - PowerShell.com

See also:

PowerShell and SharePoint 2010 love story – Part 2

PowerShell 2010: Basic Discovery - Zach Rosenfield's SharePoint Blog

PowerShell 2010: Basic SharePoint Cmdlets - Zach Rosenfield's SharePoint Blog

SP 2010: Intro to PowerShell Part 3 - Zach Rosenfield's SharePoint Blog

SP 2010: Intro to PowerShell Part 4 - Zach Rosenfield's SharePoint Blog

SharePoint 2010 Beta: ThreadOptions error - Zach Rosenfield's SharePoint Blog

Schweizer IT Professional und TechNet Blog : Free Windows PowerShell workbook: server administration

Master-PowerShell | With Dr. Tobias Weltner - PowerShell.com