Looping through SPList items


Now this is something I’m guilty of time and time again. Within my PowerShell scripts I quite often query SharePoint lists and loop through them in the following way…

$site = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.SPSite( $url )
$web = $site.OpenWeb()
$list = $web.List

for ( $i = 0; $i < $list.Items.Count; $i++) {
   SPListItem listItem = activeList.Items[i];

What I should be doing is this…

SPListItemCollection items = SPContext.Current.List.Items;

for(int i=0;i<100 && i<items.Count;i++) {
  SPListItem listItem = items[i];



For whatever reason, sometimes you just can’t upgrade the installed version of PowerShell on a server. In this case, I wanted to make use of the Invoke-SqlCommand command.

The most simple way around this limitation is to add a module to the server that includes a command that performs the same function.

See this post for a command that can be cut and pasted into a new PowerShell module file and easily accessed from your own scripts.


Task Scheduler & PowerShell

Server Administration

To manage repeating tasks, its common for us (the team I work with 9-5) to automate things with a PowerShell script and then schedule it to repeat at specific times using a scheduled task.

When I create the task I use a specific set of parameters , which I always forget – so I’m noting them here for future reference.

PowerShell.exe -NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy ByPass -File C:\PowerShell\Get-SomethingNice.ps1

Creating SharePoint alerts via CSOM

Development, Server Administration

I’m posting this as a useful reminder. It outlines how alerts can now be created via CSOM.

New SharePoint CSOM version released for SharePoint Online – February 2017

The included code sample is in C#, but I’ve translated it to PowerShell – which suits my administrative needs better.

[System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName( "Microsoft.SharePoint.Client" ) | Out-Null
[System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName( "Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.Runtime" ) | Out-Null

# Set variables
$path = "C:\Temp\Usernames.txt"

$url = "https://xxxxxx.sharepoint.com/sites/help"

$list = "My List"

$title = "$list (Auto-subscribed)"

# Prompt the administrator to log in
$credential = Get-Credential -Credential $null

# Create a connection to SharePoint Online
$context = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.ClientContext( $url )
$context.Credentials = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.SharePointOnlineCredentials( $credential.UserName, $credential.Password )

# Retrieve the targeted web
$web = $context.Web

$context.Load( $web )

# Loop through the provided usernames and create a new alert for each one
$usernames = Get-Content -Path $path

foreach ( $username in $usernames )
    $user = $context.Web.EnsureUser( $username )

    $alert = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.AlertCreationInformation
    $alert.List = $context.Web.Lists.GetByTitle( $list )
    $alert.AlertFrequency = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.AlertFrequency]::Daily
    $alert.AlertTime = ( Get-Date ).AddDays( 1 )
    $alert.AlertType = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.AlertType]::List
    $alert.AlwaysNotify = $false
    $alert.DeliveryChannels = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.AlertDeliveryChannel]::Email
    $alert.Status = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.AlertStatus]::On
    $alert.Title = $title
    $alert.User = $user
    $alert.EventType = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.AlertEventType]::All
    $alert.Filter = "1"

    $guid = $user.Alerts.Add( $alert )



Secure credentials within PowerShell

Server Administration

For PowerShell scripts that need to access resources (e.g. a site within SharePoint) and be run as scheduled tasks, I will normally use an encrypted password…

Read-Host "Enter Password" -AsSecureString | ConvertFrom-SecureString | Out-File "$PSScriptRoot\Password.txt"

… and then refer to it within my script.

$username = "me@domain.co.uk"
$password = Get-Content "$PSScriptRoot\Password.txt"

$securePassword = $password | ConvertTo-SecureString
$credential = New-Object System.Management.Automation.PSCredential( $username, $securePassword )

This <a href="https://blog.kloud.com.au/2016/04/21/using-saved-credentials-securely-in-powershell-scripts/">blog post by Kloud</a> covers some this technique in greater detail.

Using PowerShell To Analyse The Contents Of A Folder

Server Administration
# The path to interrogate
 $targetPath = "X:\Shared\FolderToBeInterrogated"
# The path to save the exported report
 $exportPath = "C:\Reports"
# Recursively get all files
 Get-ChildItem -Path $targetPath -Recurse -Force | Select Name, Extension, Length, CreationTime, LastWriteTime, LastAccessTime, FullName | Export-Csv -NoTypeInformation -Force "$exportPath\Report $( Get-Date -f yyyy-MM-dd ).csv"

Trouble Shooting SharePoint Errors

Server Administration

For viewing in command prompt:

Get-SPLogEvent | ?{$_.Correlation -eq "<GUID>"} | SELECT Area, Category, Level, EventID, Message | Format-List

Export the results as text file:

Get-SPLogEvent | ?{$_.Correlation -eq "<GUID>"} | SELECT Area, Category, Level, EventID, Message | Format-List > C:\Error.log

Results can be retrieved faster if the time span is limited:

Get-SPLogEvent -StartTime YYYY-MM-DDTHH:mm:ss | ?{$_.Correlation -eq "xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx"} | SELECT Area, Category, Level, EventID, Message | Format-List