Thursday, 14 November 2013

Creating SharePoint site collections using powershell

We come across this scenario very often. We need to create a SharePoint site collection using an existing site template using power shell script.
To find the available templates you can use the below command :

Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell
Get-SPWebTemplate | Sort-Object "Title"

Some of the widely used templates are

SRCHCENTERLITE#1     Basic Search Center
BLOG#0                            Blog
BICenterSite#0                   Business Intelligence Center
SRCHCEN#0                     Enterprise Search Center
CMSPUBLISHING#0        Publishing Site
WIKI#0                              Wiki Site

The below script will create a site collection using Enterprise Search Center

Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell –ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
## create the prerequisite

$webApplicationUrl = "http://server"
$siteCollectionUrl = "http://server/sites/SearchCenter"
$siteCollectionName = "Search Center"
$siteCollectionOwner1 = "DOMAIN\user1"
$siteCollectionOwner2 = "DOMAIN\user2"
$siteCollectionTemplate = "SRCHCEN#0"

 ## Check if the site collection exists or not
$SiteCollection = Get-SPSite $siteCollectionUrl -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue if ($SiteCollection -ne $null) { Write-Host "Search center already exists at " $siteCollectionUrl } else { ## Create the site collection New-SPSite -URL $siteCollectionUrl -OwnerAlias $siteCollectionOwner1 -SecondaryOwnerAlias $siteCollectionOwner2 -Name $siteCollectionName -Template $siteCollectionTemplate Write-Host "Search center created successfully" }
catch { Write-Host -ForegroundColor red "There were some problem in creating the search center" }

You can use any template as per availablilty .

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