DogFoodCon 2014 to feature dedicated PowerShell track!


For several years now, the IT conference slate in Central Ohio has been dominated by the ever popular Dog Food Conference. That trend will continue this year, when Columbus once again hosts the 2-day Microsoft Dog Food Conference on September 29th and 30th. Multiple technologies will be featured, including Windows PowerShell.

I will be presenting on Managing SharePoint Anywhere using PowerShell, alongside these nationally recognized PowerShell Experts:

The event will certainly be phenomenal once again, and I hope to see you there!

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Return SPListItems using CSOM and PowerShell without writing CAML


I recently tweeted about my triumph when trying to accomplish returning all SharePoint List Items without the use of CAML or LINQ. The reason I wanted to do this might be strange, but I’ll try to explain my process and methodology and why I got to a point of wanting to make SharePoint do things it didn’t want to do. 🙂

As a very advanced SharePoint Scripter, I do a TON of PowerShell. If you’ve read this blog, follow me on Twitter or talk to me in person you probably knew that. Having said that, there are times when I want to iterate through all list items – either looking for a match or just to return all values. It’s not super common but it happens. Well it’s a very easy thing to do with server side code (read: PowerShell and the Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell snap-in).

Getting List Items using standard PowerShell

$web = Get-SPWeb http://someSiteUrl
$list = $web.Lists["SomeList"]
$list.Items #do something with them here

As you see on line 3, there is an Items collection property on the List object. This is great, end of story – IF you’re using server-side PowerShell code. However, I’ve been focusing a lot lately on integrating PowerShell into the CSOM space – specifically to manage SharePoint Online with PowerShell. If you’ve written any CSOM code, you know that things are done a little differently. Here’s an example of how to return a list item using PowerShell on the client-side – note that I’ve omitted about 12 lines of code that must take place before this to load the Microsoft.SharePoint.Client* assemblies, create ClientContext, get the SPWeb, etc.:

Getting a List Item using PowerShell Client-Side Code

$list = $GLOBAL:Web.Lists.GetByTitle("BigListLotsOfItems")
$item = $list.GetItemById(5)
$GLOBAL:Context.Load($item)
$GLOBAL:Context.ExecuteQuery()
$item["Title"]

That’s great, but if I wanted to return all items – the Client Object Model won’t give me List.Items. In reading MSDN, there are C# examples of how to write CAML queries to return all list items – but the whole point is that I don’t want to write CAML. Here’s the C# example – which I could have certainly translated to PowerShell if I wanted to do so:

Using C# to get all List Items

// Starting with ClientContext, the constructor requires a URL to the
// server running SharePoint.
ClientContext context = new ClientContext("http://SiteUrl");

// Assume the web has a list named "Announcements".
List announcementsList = context.Web.Lists.GetByTitle("Announcements");

// This creates a CamlQuery that has a RowLimit of 100, and also specifies Scope="RecursiveAll"
// so that it grabs all list items, regardless of the folder they are in.
CamlQuery query = CamlQuery.CreateAllItemsQuery(100);
ListItemCollection items = announcementsList.GetItems(query);

// Retrieve all items in the ListItemCollection from List.GetItems(Query).
context.Load(items);
context.ExecuteQuery();
foreach (ListItem listItem in items)
{
    // We have all the list item data. For example, Title.
    label1.Text = label1.Text + ", " + listItem["Title"];
}

So that’s great, but here’s how I went about getting all list items without writing CAML! I’ll break it down section by section, but if you’re impatient the whole solution is at the bottom. 🙂

Creating our Context

The first thing we need to do when working with SharePoint from the Client Side is create ClientContext. To do so using PowerShell, here is some example code:

$GLOBAL:Context = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.ClientContext("http://someWebUrl")
$GLOBAL:Credentials = Get-Credential -UserName $EmailAddress -Message "Please enter your Office 365 Password"
$Context.Credentials = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.SharePointOnlineCredentials($Credentials.UserName,$Credentials.Password)
$GLOBAL:Web = $GLOBAL:Context.Web
$GLOBAL:Context.Load($GLOBAL:Web)
$GLOBAL:Context.ExecuteQuery()

Getting our SPWeb

Once we’ve created our ClientContext variable, we’ve already got the SPWeb. But just for transparency, here’s how you would/could access methods and properties of the SPWeb object:

$GLOBAL:Web.Title #returns Web.Title
$GLOBAL:Web.Description #returns Web.Description

Getting our SPList

Now, to get the List object – we’ll do the following:

$SPList = $GLOBAL:Web.Lists.GetByTitle("BigListLotsOfItems") #Note that BigListLotsOfItems is my List Title

Using the For loop to iterate through all items

And this is where the magic happens as they say. For anyone who has done any level of development or scripting, you know that the best way to loop while also allowing for modification of the array with which you’re looping is to use a For loop.

For ($i=0; $i -le $SPList.ItemCount; $i++)
{
}

This is a pretty standard implementation of the For loop, what I want to call out though is the use of Try/Catch/Finally. As a dabbling developer, I’m not sure if this is the intended use of Try/Catch/Finally – so if this is bad practice forgive me. 🙂

Essentially I start out by creating the ListItem variable, and then calling the Load method of the ClientContext variable. I do that before entering the Try/Catch/Finally. I then use Try {} to run the Context.ExecuteQuery method, and if that fails the loop will go into the Catch {} block – where I will increment the array by 1 ($i++) and then run the GetItemById(), Load() and ExecuteQuery() methods against the next $i in the loop.

$ListItem = $SPList.GetItemById($i)
$GLOBAL:Context.Load($ListItem)
    Try
    {
        $GLOBAL:Context.ExecuteQuery()
    }
    Catch
    {
        $i++
        $ListItem = $SPList.GetItemById($i)
        $GLOBAL:Context.Load($ListItem)
        $GLOBAL:Context.ExecuteQuery()
    }

Why did I do this? Well it’s really pretty simple. Since I have to use the GetItemById() method, I have to know the ListItemID of each ListItem. If someone has deleted an item, the ItemCount property won’t match the highest ID in the list – right? So if there are 5 items but someone deleted a few at one point or another – the highest ID might be 7 or 8, without incrementing by 1 on a failure, we’ll never get to 7 or 8…

And so now that we’ve discussed all of that, here’s the final example script.

The Final Solution

$GLOBAL:Context = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.ClientContext("http://someWebUrl")
$GLOBAL:Credentials = Get-Credential -UserName $EmailAddress -Message "Please enter your Office 365 Password"
$Context.Credentials = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.SharePointOnlineCredentials($Credentials.UserName,$Credentials.Password)
$GLOBAL:Web = $GLOBAL:Context.Web
$GLOBAL:Context.Load($GLOBAL:Web)
$GLOBAL:Context.ExecuteQuery()
$SPList = $GLOBAL:Web.Lists.GetByTitle("BigListLotsOfItems")
For ($i=0; $i -le $SPList.ItemCount; $i++)
{
    $ListItem = $SPList.GetItemById($i)
    $GLOBAL:Context.Load($ListItem)
    Try
    {
        $GLOBAL:Context.ExecuteQuery()
    }
    Catch
    {
        $i++
        $ListItem = $SPList.GetItemById($i)
        $GLOBAL:Context.Load($ListItem)
        $GLOBAL:Context.ExecuteQuery()
    }
    Finally
    {
        #Return item here and do something with it.
    }
}

And that – my friends – is how you can get all List Items from a SharePoint list using PowerShell and CSOM. Hopefully this is helpful for someone else.

Using PowerShell to manage SharePoint Online


Anybody who knows me or has ever read a single post of mine knows I’m a big PowerShell geek. I like it, I love it and I always want some more of it. Bad song lyrics aside, I quite literally use PowerShell every day for one task or another. Over the past 6 months or so I’ve been quietly working on creating some Cmdlets/Functions that will allow me to run PowerShell against Office 365 SharePoint Online. This might sound easy – but spoiler alert – it’s not. That’s not to say it’s difficult, if you’re a developer who is comfortable with CSOM, you’ll be just fine. However, I didn’t have those skills when I took off on this adventure; so needless to say it’s been a bit of a learning experience, combined with a lot of trial & error.

There are really a few key steps which must be taken prior to getting SharePoint Online and PowerShell to talk to one another.

  1. Set up the SharePoint Online Management Shell Windows PowerShell environment
  2. Run Connect-SPOService to connect to a SharePoint Online Administration Center

Once you’ve completed those two simple tasks, you’ve got the baseline environmental requirements in place to start using PowerShell with SharePoint Online. However, if I was writing a blogpost to tell you how to run the 30 built-in cmdlets you get by loading the Microsoft.Online.SharePoint.PowerShell module; well, you’d be left wanting more.

To really start doing the fun developer stuff, you will want to make sure you load the Microsoft.SharePoint.Client and Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.Runtime assemblies into your session. I’ve written a nice little function for this, which looks like:

function Add-SPOAssemblies {
[System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("Microsoft.SharePoint.Client") | Out-Null
[System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.Runtime") | Out-Null
}

Then, to run it – just use:

Add-SPOAssemblies

Pretty simple, and it just loads those two assemblies so you can access all the goodies that come with them.

Once you’ve gotten there, you can start to do things like create ClientContext against an SPWeb:

$webUrl = "SPOWebUrl"
$ctx = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.ClientContext($webUrl)
$creds = Get-Credential -Message "Please enter your Office 365 Administrative credentials"
$ctx.Credentials = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.SharePointOnlineCredentials($creds.UserName,$creds.Password)
$spoweb = $ctx.Web
$ctx.Load($spoweb)
$ctx.ExecuteQuery()

So that’s cool, but it hasn’t done anything yet! Well try this:

$spoweb.Title

Ohhhh… So now that’s cool! Once you’ve gotten this far, i’m sure you can start to see the possibilities.

In case you want to wrap that up into a nice function, here’s a simple example that I think works well:

function New-SPOServiceContext {
[CmdletBinding()]
Param(
[System.String]$EmailAddress,
[System.String]$SPOWebUrl
)
try {
$assemblies=Add-SPOAssemblies
}
catch {
Write-Error "Unable to load Microsoft.SharePoint.Client assemblies"
}
if($assemblies){
$ctx = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.ClientContext($SPOWebUrl)
$creds = Get-Credential -Message "Please enter your Office 365 Administrative credentials" -UserName $EmailAddress
$ctx.Credentials = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.SharePointOnlineCredentials($creds.UserName,$creds.Password)
$spoweb = $ctx.Web
$ctx.Load($spoweb)
$ctx.ExecuteQuery()
}
}

And of course to run it, use:

New-SPOServiceContext -EmailAddress your.email@your-company.com -SPOWebUrl https://something.sharepoint.com

“But wait, at the beginning you said this was challenging – this was way too easy!?”

Well, I wasn’t used to having to create a context object, then a credential object, followed by a web variable, and then I have to load and execute a query?! All new to me, but again – I haven’t done very much (read: any) development on the client side.

I could share loads of other cool things I’ve done, but you’ll have to wait while I clean up and finish some of the functions I’ve been working on. Until then, happy PowerShelling!

SharePoint Saturday Austin 2013


Today I spoke in front of a great crowd at SharePoint Saturday Austin, which was an all-around blast!

The presentation was about PowerShell (shocker, right?) – but this time had a different vibe as I modified one of my presentations to work in SharePoint 2013 – and I also utilized PowerShell Web Access in Google Chrome for 100% of the technical demonstrations.

Below is a description of the topic itself along with PowerPoint Slides and the PowerShell and XML code that was used in the demo:

The Power is in the Shell, use it wisely!

The topic: The Power is in the Shell, use it wisely!
The story: You may have heard of PowerShell, but do you know what it’s capable of? Gone are the days of long, painful STSADM batch files – we have Windows PowerShell, and it’s here to stay.Learn how you can use Windows PowerShell both to perform simple one-off tasks as well as complex, bulk operations. Leveraging the Object Model gives Administrators and Developers the ability to do in a few lines of code what would’ve taken a lot more work (and probably a Developer or two) in the WSS platform.

In this demo filled session, you’ll see how you can get started with PowerShell, and you will hopefully leave with not only a greater understanding of what PowerShell is – but what it is capable of and how you can start using it to automate tasks in your SharePoint 2010 or 2013 environment.

Here are my slides, and below are the code snippets:

PowerShell code:

Demo 1

Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
$Template = Get-SPWebTemplate BLANKINTERNETCONTAINER`#0
$Url = "http://sp2013.spsatx.adventureworks.com"
$Site = Get-SPSite $Url
$Site = New-SPSite $Url -OwnerAlias adventureworks\rdennis -Template $Template
$Web = $Site.RootWeb
$web | Get-Member -MemberType property</em></em></em>
$Web.Title = "SharePoint Saturday - Austin, TX"
$Web.Update()
$Web.Dispose()
$Site.Dispose()

Demo 2

function Set-SPWebTitle {
<#
.Synopsis
	Use Set-SPWebTitle to update the Title of a SharePoint Web.
.Description
	This function uses SharePoint Cmdlets and Object Model code to set the title property of a SharePoint Web.
.Example
	C:\PS>Set-SPWebTitle -WebUrl http://<siteUrl> -Title "New Title"
    This example updates the title of a web at http://<siteUrl> to "New Title"
.Notes
	Name: Set-SPWebTitle
	Author: Ryan Dennis
	Last Edit: 2/24/2013
.Link
	http://www.sharepointryan.com
 	http://twitter.com/SharePointRyan
.Inputs
	None
.Outputs
	None
#Requires -Version 2.0
#>
[CmdletBinding()]
Param(
[Parameter(Mandatory=$true)][System.String]$WebUrl,
[Parameter(Mandatory=$true)][System.String]$Title
)
Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
$Web = Get-SPWeb $WebUrl
$Web.Title = $Title
$Web.Update()
$Web.Dispose()
}

Demo 3

function New-SPWebFromXml {
<#
.Synopsis
	Use this PowerShell Script to create lots of sites, very quickly!
.Description
	This advanced function uses Get-Content, ForEach-Object and New-SPWeb 
	cmdlets to bulk create SharePoint webs from an XML file.
.Example
	C:\PS>New-SPWebFromXml -Url http://<siteUrl> -XmlInput c:\Sites.xml
	This example creates sites from an XML located at c:\Sites.xml under a site 
	collection at http://<siteUrl>. 
.Notes
	Name: New-SPWebFromXml
	Author: Ryan Dennis
	Last Edit: 2/24/2013
	Keywords: New-SPWeb, Get-Content, ForEach-Object, New-Timespan, XML
.Link
	http://www.sharepointryan.com
 	http://twitter.com/SharePointRyan
.Inputs
	None
.Outputs
	None
#Requires -Version 2.0
#>
[CmdletBinding()]
Param(
[Parameter(Mandatory=$true)][System.String]$Url,
[Parameter(Mandatory=$true)][System.String]$XmlInput
)
Clear-Host

# If SharePoint Snapin isn't loaded - load it #
if ((Get-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell)-eq $null)
{
	Write-Host "Adding SharePoint Snapin"
	Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell
}
$i=0
do {

# Read in list of sites from XML file #
[xml]$SitesXml = Get-Content $($XmlInput)
if ($SitesXml -eq $null) { return }

$siteCount = $SitesXml.Sites.Site.Count
Write-Progress -Activity "Provisioning SharePoint Webs from XML" -PercentComplete (($i/$siteCount) * 100) `
-Status "Retrieving XML Data" -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
Start-Sleep -Seconds 2

Start-SPAssignment -Global

# Loop through each site node to extract data #
$SitesXml.Sites.Site | ForEach-Object {
    $SiteTitle = [string]$_.SiteTitle
	$SiteUrl = [string]$_.SiteUrl
    Write-Progress -Activity "Provisioning SharePoint Webs from XML" -PercentComplete (($i/$siteCount) * 100) `
    -Status "Creating an SPWeb at $($SiteUrl)" -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
	$i++
	# Site specifics # 
	$WebTemplate = "BLANKINTERNET`#0"
	$LangId = "1033"
	$SiteUrl = $Url+$SiteUrl
	# Create the SPWeb #
	if ($_.create -ne "false")
	{
	$Web = New-SPWeb -Url $SiteUrl -Language $LangId -Template $WebTemplate `
	-Name $SiteTitle
	}
	else
	{
	$Web = Get-SPWeb -Identity $SiteUrl
	}
	# Get publishing site and web objects
	$site = $web.Site
	$pWeb = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing.PublishingWeb]::GetPublishingWeb($web)
	$pagesLib = $pWeb.PagesList

    # Enable moderation on Pages libraries #
	$pagesLib.EnableModeration = $true;
	$pagesLib.EnableMinorVersions = $true;
	$pagesLib.Update()	

	# Create all Pages using ForEach-Object #
	if ($_.Page -ne $null){
	$pages = $_.Page | ForEach-Object {
	
	# Create page content variables from XML file
	$PageTitle = [string]$_.PageTitle
	$PageUrl = [string]$_.PageUrl
	$PageLayout = [string]$_.PageLayout
	$PageContent = [string]$_.PageContent
	$PageImage = [string]$_.PageImage
	$layout = $pWeb.GetAvailablePageLayouts() | Where-Object {$_.Title -match $PageLayout}
	
    # Create blank page using Add method
	Write-Progress -Activity "Provisioning SharePoint Webs from XML" -PercentComplete (($i/$siteCount) * 100) `
    -Status "Creating $($PageTitle).aspx page" -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    $pages = $pWeb.GetPublishingPages($pWeb)
	$page = $pages.Add($PageUrl, $layout)
	$page.Update()
	
    # Update the filename to the one specified in the XML, add HTML content to Page Content zone
    $item = $page.ListItem
	$item["Title"] = $PageTitle;
	$item.Update()
	
   	# Check-in and publish page
    $item.File.CheckIn("")
    $item.File.Publish("")
	$item.File.Approve("")
	$file = $item.File
	# If the page is marked as the Home Page in XML, set it as welcome page #
	if($_.IsHomePage -eq "true"){
	$pWeb.DefaultPage = $file
	}
	$pWeb.Update()
	
	} #end Page Foreach
	
	} # End if block #
	
} # End ForEach-Object loop #
} while ($i -lt $siteCount)
} # End function

XML Syntax:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<Sites>
  <SiteAdmins>
    <User>adventureworks\rdennis</User>
    <User>adventureworks\spfarm</User>
  </SiteAdmins>
  <!-- root site -->
  <Site Create="false">
    <SiteTitle>Home</SiteTitle>
    <SiteUrl>/</SiteUrl>
		<Page IsHomePage="false">
		  <PageTitle>Intranet Governance</PageTitle>
		  <PageUrl>Intranet-Governance.aspx</PageUrl>
		  <PageLayout>Blank Web Part Page</PageLayout></Page>
		<Page IsHomePage="false">
		  <PageTitle>Terms of Use</PageTitle>
		  <PageUrl>Terms-of-Use.aspx</PageUrl>
		  <PageLayout>Blank Web Part Page</PageLayout></Page>
		<Page IsHomePage="false">
		  <PageTitle>Privacy Policy</PageTitle>
		  <PageUrl>Privacy-Policy.aspx</PageUrl>
		  <PageLayout>Blank Web Part Page</PageLayout></Page>
		<Page IsHomePage="false">
		  <PageTitle>Linking Policy</PageTitle>
		  <PageUrl>Linking-Policy.aspx</PageUrl>
		  <PageLayout>Blank Web Part Page</PageLayout></Page>
		<Page IsHomePage="false">
		  <PageTitle>Legal Disclaimer</PageTitle>
		  <PageUrl>Legal-Disclaimer.aspx</PageUrl>
		  <PageLayout>Blank Web Part Page</PageLayout></Page>
		<Page IsHomePage="false">
		  <PageTitle>Help Me</PageTitle>
		  <PageUrl>Help-Me.aspx</PageUrl>
		  <PageLayout>Blank Web Part Page</PageLayout></Page>
  </Site>
  <!-- 2nd level sites -->
  <Site>
    <SiteTitle>My Company</SiteTitle>
    <SiteUrl>/My-Company</SiteUrl>
		<Page IsHomePage="true">
		  <PageTitle>My Company</PageTitle>
		  <PageUrl>My-Company.aspx</PageUrl>
		  <PageLayout>Blank Web Part Page</PageLayout></Page>
		<Page IsHomePage="false">
		  <PageTitle>Our Culture</PageTitle>
		  <PageUrl>Our-Culture.aspx</PageUrl>
		  <PageLayout>Blank Web Part Page</PageLayout></Page>
		<Page IsHomePage="false">
		  <PageTitle>History and Timeline</PageTitle>
		  <PageUrl>History-And-Timeline.aspx</PageUrl>
		  <PageLayout>Blank Web Part Page</PageLayout></Page>
		<Page IsHomePage="false">
		  <PageTitle>Sustainability</PageTitle>
		  <PageUrl>Sustainability.aspx</PageUrl>
		  <PageLayout>Blank Web Part Page</PageLayout></Page>
		<Page IsHomePage="false">
		  <PageTitle>My Community</PageTitle>
		  <PageUrl>My-Community.aspx</PageUrl>
		  <PageLayout>Blank Web Part Page</PageLayout></Page>
  </Site>
  <Site>
    <SiteTitle>Our Customers</SiteTitle>
    <SiteUrl>/Our-Customers</SiteUrl>
		<Page IsHomePage="true">
		  <PageTitle>Our Customers</PageTitle>
		  <PageUrl>Our-Customers.aspx</PageUrl>
		  <PageLayout>Blank Web Part Page</PageLayout></Page>
		<Page IsHomePage="false">
		  <PageTitle>Customer Engagement</PageTitle>
		  <PageUrl>Customer-Engagement.aspx</PageUrl>
		  <PageLayout>Blank Web Part Page</PageLayout></Page>
		<Page IsHomePage="false">
		  <PageTitle>Employee Ambassadors</PageTitle>
		  <PageUrl>Employee-Ambassadors.aspx</PageUrl>
		  <PageLayout>Blank Web Part Page</PageLayout></Page>
  </Site>
  <Site>
    <SiteTitle>News and Info</SiteTitle>
    <SiteUrl>/News-And-Info</SiteUrl>
		<Page IsHomePage="false">
		  <PageTitle>Utility Performance</PageTitle>
		  <PageUrl>Utility-Performance.aspx</PageUrl>
		  <PageLayout>Blank Web Part Page</PageLayout></Page>
		<Page IsHomePage="false">
		  <PageTitle>News Archive</PageTitle>
		  <PageUrl>News-Archive.aspx</PageUrl>
		  <PageLayout>Blank Web Part Page</PageLayout></Page>
		<Page IsHomePage="false">
		  <PageTitle>Calendar</PageTitle>
		  <PageUrl>Calendar.aspx</PageUrl>
		  <PageLayout>Blank Web Part Page</PageLayout></Page>
		<Page IsHomePage="false">
		  <PageTitle>Social Media</PageTitle>
		  <PageUrl>Social-Media.aspx</PageUrl>
		  <PageLayout>Blank Web Part Page</PageLayout></Page>
  </Site>
  <Site>
    <SiteTitle>Task Center</SiteTitle>
    <SiteUrl>/Task-Center</SiteUrl>
		<Page IsHomePage="true">
		  <PageTitle>Task Center</PageTitle>
		  <PageUrl>Task-Center.aspx</PageUrl>
		  <PageLayout>Blank Web Part Page</PageLayout></Page>
		<Page IsHomePage="false">
		  <PageTitle>Travel</PageTitle>
		  <PageUrl>Travel.aspx</PageUrl>
		  <PageLayout>Blank Web Part Page</PageLayout></Page>
		<Page IsHomePage="false">
		  <PageTitle>Toolbox</PageTitle>
		  <PageUrl>Toolbox.aspx</PageUrl>
		  <PageLayout>Blank Web Part Page</PageLayout></Page>
		<Page IsHomePage="false">
		  <PageTitle>Managing Employees</PageTitle>
		  <PageUrl>Managing-Employees.aspx</PageUrl>
		  <PageLayout>Blank Web Part Page</PageLayout></Page>
  </Site>
  <Site>
    <SiteTitle>Collaboration</SiteTitle>
    <SiteUrl>/Collaboration</SiteUrl>
		<Page IsHomePage="true">
		  <PageTitle>Collaboration</PageTitle>
		  <PageUrl>Collaboration.aspx</PageUrl>
		  <PageLayout>Blank Web Part Page</PageLayout></Page>
		<Page IsHomePage="false">
		  <PageTitle>Communities</PageTitle>
		  <PageUrl>Communities.aspx</PageUrl>
		  <PageLayout>Blank Web Part Page</PageLayout></Page>
		<Page IsHomePage="false">
		  <PageTitle>Employee Surveys</PageTitle>
		  <PageUrl>Employee-Surveys.aspx</PageUrl>
		  <PageLayout>Blank Web Part Page</PageLayout></Page>
  </Site>
</Sites>

Dog Food Conference 2012


This morning (and afternoon) I spoke in front of a great crowd at the Dog Food Conference in Columbus, Ohio.

I chose to re-use my Build your SharePoint Internet presence with PowerShell presentation, as I still think it’s a good presentation that gives a good introductory view into how you can automate site provisioning with PowerShell. I also try to keep it light from a technical standpoint and tend to focus more on the business case around using PowerShell as an automation tool.

Below is a description of the topic itself along with PowerPoint Slides and the PowerShell and XML code that was used in the demo:

Build your SharePoint Internet presence with PowerShell

The topic: Build your SharePoint Internet presence with PowerShell
The story: Everybody knows PowerShell is powerful, it’s in the name! But did you know that PowerShell can read and understand XML? By leveraging XML among other things, complete builds can be automated – making them efficient and predictable.

In this fun, interactive and demo-filled session – I will show you how you can leverage PowerShell to help you build your branded, company website from the ground up using PowerShell and XML. I will also pass along some tips and tricks that will help you become a PowerShell Rockstar!

Here are my slides, and below are the code snippets:

Demo Script – Setup-SPWebAppAndSite.ps1

Config XML Syntax:

&lt;?xml version=&quot;1.0&quot; encoding=&quot;utf-8&quot;?&gt;
&lt;WebApplications&gt;
	&lt;WebApplication&gt;
		&lt;WebAppConfig&gt;
			&lt;Name&gt;AdventureWorks.com&lt;/Name&gt;
			&lt;AppPool&gt;SharePoint - AdventureWorksDemoWeb&lt;/AppPool&gt;
			&lt;AppPoolAccount&gt;ISG1085\SpAppPool&lt;/AppPoolAccount&gt;
			&lt;DBServer&gt;ISG1085\SharePoint&lt;/DBServer&gt;
			&lt;DBName&gt;SP2010_Content_AdventureWorks_Demo&lt;/DBName&gt;
			&lt;HostHeader&gt;www.adventureworks.com&lt;/HostHeader&gt;
			&lt;InetpubPath&gt;C:\inetpub\wwwroot\wss\VirtualDirectories&lt;/InetpubPath&gt;
			&lt;Port&gt;80&lt;/Port&gt;
			&lt;Protocol&gt;http&lt;/Protocol&gt;
			&lt;ManagedPaths&gt;
				&lt;ManagedPath Type=&quot;explicit&quot; Path=&quot;search&quot;/&gt;
			&lt;/ManagedPaths&gt;
			&lt;Solutions&gt;
				&lt;Solution GACDeployment=&quot;true&quot;&gt;adventureworks_site_branding.wsp&lt;/Solution&gt;
			&lt;/Solutions&gt;
			&lt;BlobCacheLocation&gt;C:\SharePointBlobCache\AdventureWorks.com&lt;/BlobCacheLocation&gt;
			&lt;Authentication&gt;
				&lt;!--Auth Types - Claims,Classic--&gt;
				&lt;Type&gt;Classic&lt;/Type&gt;
				&lt;!--Auth Methods - NTLM,Kerberos--&gt;
				&lt;AuthMethod&gt;NTLM&lt;/AuthMethod&gt;
				&lt;AuthProvider Name=&quot;&quot; 
				MembershipProviderName=&quot;&quot; 
				RoleProviderName=&quot;&quot; 
				/&gt;
			&lt;/Authentication&gt;
		&lt;/WebAppConfig&gt;
		&lt;SiteCollections&gt;
			&lt;SiteCollection&gt;
				&lt;Name&gt;AdventureWorks.com&lt;/Name&gt;
				&lt;WebTemplate&gt;BLANKINTERNET#0&lt;/WebTemplate&gt;
				&lt;Path&gt;/&lt;/Path&gt;
				&lt;Features&gt;
					&lt;Feature&gt;BaseSite&lt;/Feature&gt;
					&lt;Feature&gt;BaseWeb&lt;/Feature&gt;
					&lt;Feature&gt;PremiumSite&lt;/Feature&gt;
					&lt;Feature&gt;PremiumWeb&lt;/Feature&gt;
					&lt;Feature&gt;TeamCollab&lt;/Feature&gt;
					&lt;!--&lt;Feature&gt;a6ad433b-0bdf-40aa-aec8-6a091d7a3c26&lt;/Feature&gt;--&gt;
					&lt;Feature&gt;1caa8e30-f360-4ebc-a38e-e57708109e6f&lt;/Feature&gt;
				&lt;/Features&gt;
				&lt;OwnerAlias&gt;ISG1085\SharePointRyan&lt;/OwnerAlias&gt;
				&lt;OwnerEmail&gt;SharePointRyan@demowebsite.com&lt;/OwnerEmail&gt;
				&lt;SecondaryOwnerAlias&gt;ISG1085\SPFarm&lt;/SecondaryOwnerAlias&gt;
				&lt;SecondaryOwnerEmail&gt;SPFarm@demowebsite.com&lt;/SecondaryOwnerEmail&gt;
				&lt;SearchSettings&gt;
					&lt;SearchCenterUrl&gt;/search/pages&lt;/SearchCenterUrl&gt;
					&lt;!-- Possible dropdown values are--&gt;
					&lt;!--
					HideScopeDD_DefaultContextual
					HideScopeDD
					ShowDD
					ShowDD_DefaultURL
					ShowDD_DefaultContextual
					ShowDD_NoContextual
					ShowDD_NoContextual_DefaultURL
					--&gt;
					&lt;DropDownMode&gt;ShowDD&lt;/DropDownMode&gt;
					&lt;TargetResultsPage&gt;/search/pages/results.aspx&lt;/TargetResultsPage&gt;
				&lt;/SearchSettings&gt;
			&lt;/SiteCollection&gt;
			&lt;SiteCollection&gt;
				&lt;Name&gt;Search Center&lt;/Name&gt;
				&lt;WebTemplate&gt;SRCHCEN#0&lt;/WebTemplate&gt;
				&lt;Path&gt;/search&lt;/Path&gt;
				&lt;OwnerAlias&gt;ISG1085\SharePointRyan&lt;/OwnerAlias&gt;
				&lt;OwnerEmail&gt;SharePointRyan@demowebsite.com&lt;/OwnerEmail&gt;
				&lt;SecondaryOwnerAlias&gt;ISG1085\SPFarm&lt;/SecondaryOwnerAlias&gt;
				&lt;SecondaryOwnerEmail&gt;SPFarm@demowebsite.com&lt;/SecondaryOwnerEmail&gt;
			&lt;/SiteCollection&gt;
		&lt;/SiteCollections&gt;
		&lt;/WebApplication&gt;
	&lt;WebApplication&gt;
		&lt;WebAppConfig&gt;
			&lt;Name&gt;Contoso Extranet&lt;/Name&gt;
			&lt;AppPool&gt;SharePoint - ContosoDemo&lt;/AppPool&gt;
			&lt;AppPoolAccount&gt;ISG1085\SpAppPool&lt;/AppPoolAccount&gt;
			&lt;DBServer&gt;ISG1085\SharePoint&lt;/DBServer&gt;
			&lt;DBName&gt;SP2010_Content_Contoso_Demo&lt;/DBName&gt;
			&lt;HostHeader&gt;extranet.contoso.com&lt;/HostHeader&gt;
			&lt;InetpubPath&gt;C:\inetpub\wwwroot\wss\VirtualDirectories&lt;/InetpubPath&gt;
			&lt;Port&gt;80&lt;/Port&gt;
			&lt;Protocol&gt;http://&lt;/Protocol&gt;
			&lt;OwnerAlias&gt;ISG1085\SharePointRyan&lt;/OwnerAlias&gt;
			&lt;OwnerEmail&gt;SharePointRyan@demowebsite.com&lt;/OwnerEmail&gt;
			&lt;SecondaryOwnerAlias&gt;ISG1085\SPFarm&lt;/SecondaryOwnerAlias&gt;
			&lt;SecondaryOwnerEmail&gt;SPFarm@demowebsite.com&lt;/SecondaryOwnerEmail&gt;
			&lt;RootSite&gt;
				&lt;WebTemplate&gt;BLANKINTERNET#0&lt;/WebTemplate&gt;
			&lt;/RootSite&gt;
			&lt;BlobCacheLocation&gt;C:\SharePointBlobCache\Contoso.com&lt;/BlobCacheLocation&gt;
		&lt;/WebAppConfig&gt;
		&lt;Sites&gt;
			&lt;!-- root site --&gt;
			&lt;Site Create=&quot;false&quot;&gt;
				&lt;SiteTitle&gt;Home&lt;/SiteTitle&gt;
				&lt;SiteUrl&gt;http://www.adventureworks.com/&lt;/SiteUrl&gt;
				&lt;Page&gt;
				   &lt;PageTitle&gt;Home&lt;/PageTitle&gt;
				   &lt;PageUrl&gt;Home.aspx&lt;/PageUrl&gt;
				   &lt;PageContent&gt;&lt;/PageContent&gt;
				   &lt;PageLayout&gt;Body Only&lt;/PageLayout&gt;
			   &lt;/Page&gt;	
				&lt;Page&gt;
				   &lt;PageTitle&gt;Terms of Use&lt;/PageTitle&gt;
				   &lt;PageUrl&gt;Terms-of-Use.aspx&lt;/PageUrl&gt;
				   &lt;PageContent&gt;&lt;/PageContent&gt;
				   &lt;PageLayout&gt;Body Only&lt;/PageLayout&gt;
			   &lt;/Page&gt;
				&lt;Page&gt;
				   &lt;PageTitle&gt;Privacy Policy&lt;/PageTitle&gt;
				   &lt;PageUrl&gt;Privacy-Policy.aspx&lt;/PageUrl&gt;
				   &lt;PageContent&gt;&lt;/PageContent&gt;
				   &lt;PageLayout&gt;Body Only&lt;/PageLayout&gt;
			   &lt;/Page&gt;
				&lt;Page&gt;
				   &lt;PageTitle&gt;Linking Policy&lt;/PageTitle&gt;
				   &lt;PageUrl&gt;Linking-Policy.aspx&lt;/PageUrl&gt;
				   &lt;PageContent&gt;&lt;/PageContent&gt;
				   &lt;PageLayout&gt;Body Only&lt;/PageLayout&gt;
			   &lt;/Page&gt;
				&lt;Page&gt;
				   &lt;PageTitle&gt;Legal Disclaimer&lt;/PageTitle&gt;
				   &lt;PageUrl&gt;Legal-Disclaimer.aspx&lt;/PageUrl&gt;
				   &lt;PageContent&gt;&lt;/PageContent&gt;
				   &lt;PageLayout&gt;Body Only&lt;/PageLayout&gt;
			   &lt;/Page&gt;	
				&lt;Page&gt;
				   &lt;PageTitle&gt;404 - Page Not Found&lt;/PageTitle&gt;
				   &lt;PageUrl&gt;Page-Not-Found.aspx&lt;/PageUrl&gt;
				   &lt;PageContent&gt;&lt;/PageContent&gt;
				   &lt;PageLayout&gt;Body Only&lt;/PageLayout&gt;
			   &lt;/Page&gt;			   		   
			&lt;/Site&gt;		
		&lt;/Sites&gt;
	&lt;/WebApplication&gt;
	&lt;WebApplication&gt;
		&lt;WebAppConfig&gt;
			&lt;Name&gt;Contoso Intranet&lt;/Name&gt;
			&lt;AppPool&gt;SharePoint - ContosoDemo&lt;/AppPool&gt;
			&lt;AppPoolAccount&gt;ISG1085\SpAppPool&lt;/AppPoolAccount&gt;
			&lt;DBServer&gt;ISG1085\SharePoint&lt;/DBServer&gt;
			&lt;DBName&gt;SP2010_Content_Contoso_Demo&lt;/DBName&gt;
			&lt;HostHeader&gt;intranet.contoso.com&lt;/HostHeader&gt;
			&lt;InetpubPath&gt;C:\inetpub\wwwroot\wss\VirtualDirectories&lt;/InetpubPath&gt;
			&lt;Port&gt;80&lt;/Port&gt;
			&lt;Protocol&gt;http://&lt;/Protocol&gt;
			&lt;OwnerAlias&gt;ISG1085\SharePointRyan&lt;/OwnerAlias&gt;
			&lt;OwnerEmail&gt;SharePointRyan@demowebsite.com&lt;/OwnerEmail&gt;
			&lt;SecondaryOwnerAlias&gt;ISG1085\SPFarm&lt;/SecondaryOwnerAlias&gt;
			&lt;SecondaryOwnerEmail&gt;SPFarm@demowebsite.com&lt;/SecondaryOwnerEmail&gt;
			&lt;RootSite&gt;
				&lt;WebTemplate&gt;BLANKINTERNET#0&lt;/WebTemplate&gt;
			&lt;/RootSite&gt;
			&lt;BlobCacheLocation&gt;C:\SharePointBlobCache\Contoso.com&lt;/BlobCacheLocation&gt;
		&lt;/WebAppConfig&gt;
	&lt;/WebApplication&gt;
	&lt;WebApplication&gt;
		&lt;WebAppConfig&gt;
			&lt;Name&gt;Contoso Website&lt;/Name&gt;
			&lt;AppPool&gt;SharePoint - ContosoDemo&lt;/AppPool&gt;
			&lt;AppPoolAccount&gt;ISG1085\SpAppPool&lt;/AppPoolAccount&gt;
			&lt;DBServer&gt;ISG1085\SharePoint&lt;/DBServer&gt;
			&lt;DBName&gt;SP2010_Content_Contoso_Demo&lt;/DBName&gt;
			&lt;HostHeader&gt;www.contoso.com&lt;/HostHeader&gt;
			&lt;InetpubPath&gt;C:\inetpub\wwwroot\wss\VirtualDirectories&lt;/InetpubPath&gt;
			&lt;Port&gt;80&lt;/Port&gt;
			&lt;Protocol&gt;http://&lt;/Protocol&gt;
			&lt;OwnerAlias&gt;ISG1085\SharePointRyan&lt;/OwnerAlias&gt;
			&lt;OwnerEmail&gt;SharePointRyan@demowebsite.com&lt;/OwnerEmail&gt;
			&lt;SecondaryOwnerAlias&gt;ISG1085\SPFarm&lt;/SecondaryOwnerAlias&gt;
			&lt;SecondaryOwnerEmail&gt;SPFarm@demowebsite.com&lt;/SecondaryOwnerEmail&gt;
			&lt;RootSite&gt;
				&lt;WebTemplate&gt;BLANKINTERNET#0&lt;/WebTemplate&gt;
			&lt;/RootSite&gt;
			&lt;BlobCacheLocation&gt;C:\SharePointBlobCache\Contoso.com&lt;/BlobCacheLocation&gt;
		&lt;/WebAppConfig&gt;
	&lt;/WebApplication&gt;
	&lt;WebApplication&gt;
		&lt;WebAppConfig&gt;
			&lt;Name&gt;AdventureWorks Intranet&lt;/Name&gt;
			&lt;AppPool&gt;SharePoint - ContosoDemo&lt;/AppPool&gt;
			&lt;AppPoolAccount&gt;ISG1085\SpAppPool&lt;/AppPoolAccount&gt;
			&lt;DBServer&gt;ISG1085\SharePoint&lt;/DBServer&gt;
			&lt;DBName&gt;SP2010_Content_Contoso_Demo&lt;/DBName&gt;
			&lt;HostHeader&gt;intranet.adventureworks.com&lt;/HostHeader&gt;
			&lt;InetpubPath&gt;C:\inetpub\wwwroot\wss\VirtualDirectories&lt;/InetpubPath&gt;
			&lt;Port&gt;80&lt;/Port&gt;
			&lt;Protocol&gt;http://&lt;/Protocol&gt;
			&lt;OwnerAlias&gt;ISG1085\SharePointRyan&lt;/OwnerAlias&gt;
			&lt;OwnerEmail&gt;SharePointRyan@demowebsite.com&lt;/OwnerEmail&gt;
			&lt;SecondaryOwnerAlias&gt;ISG1085\SPFarm&lt;/SecondaryOwnerAlias&gt;
			&lt;SecondaryOwnerEmail&gt;SPFarm@demowebsite.com&lt;/SecondaryOwnerEmail&gt;
			&lt;RootSite&gt;
				&lt;WebTemplate&gt;BLANKINTERNET#0&lt;/WebTemplate&gt;
			&lt;/RootSite&gt;
			&lt;BlobCacheLocation&gt;C:\SharePointBlobCache\Contoso.com&lt;/BlobCacheLocation&gt;
		&lt;/WebAppConfig&gt;
	&lt;/WebApplication&gt;
	&lt;WebApplication&gt;
		&lt;WebAppConfig&gt;
			&lt;Name&gt;AdventureWorks Extranet&lt;/Name&gt;
			&lt;AppPool&gt;SharePoint - ContosoDemo&lt;/AppPool&gt;
			&lt;AppPoolAccount&gt;ISG1085\SpAppPool&lt;/AppPoolAccount&gt;
			&lt;DBServer&gt;ISG1085\SharePoint&lt;/DBServer&gt;
			&lt;DBName&gt;SP2010_Content_Contoso_Demo&lt;/DBName&gt;
			&lt;HostHeader&gt;extranet.adventureworks.com&lt;/HostHeader&gt;
			&lt;InetpubPath&gt;C:\inetpub\wwwroot\wss\VirtualDirectories&lt;/InetpubPath&gt;
			&lt;Port&gt;80&lt;/Port&gt;
			&lt;Protocol&gt;http://&lt;/Protocol&gt;
			&lt;OwnerAlias&gt;ISG1085\SharePointRyan&lt;/OwnerAlias&gt;
			&lt;OwnerEmail&gt;SharePointRyan@demowebsite.com&lt;/OwnerEmail&gt;
			&lt;SecondaryOwnerAlias&gt;ISG1085\SPFarm&lt;/SecondaryOwnerAlias&gt;
			&lt;SecondaryOwnerEmail&gt;SPFarm@demowebsite.com&lt;/SecondaryOwnerEmail&gt;
			&lt;RootSite&gt;
				&lt;WebTemplate&gt;BLANKINTERNET#0&lt;/WebTemplate&gt;
			&lt;/RootSite&gt;
			&lt;BlobCacheLocation&gt;C:\SharePointBlobCache\Contoso.com&lt;/BlobCacheLocation&gt;
		&lt;/WebAppConfig&gt;
	&lt;/WebApplication&gt;
	&lt;WebApplication&gt;
		&lt;WebAppConfig&gt;
			&lt;Name&gt;My Sites&lt;/Name&gt;
			&lt;AppPool&gt;SharePoint - ContosoDemo&lt;/AppPool&gt;
			&lt;AppPoolAccount&gt;ISG1085\SpAppPool&lt;/AppPoolAccount&gt;
			&lt;DBServer&gt;ISG1085\SharePoint&lt;/DBServer&gt;
			&lt;DBName&gt;SP2010_Content_Contoso_Demo&lt;/DBName&gt;
			&lt;HostHeader&gt;mysites.adventureworks.com&lt;/HostHeader&gt;
			&lt;InetpubPath&gt;C:\inetpub\wwwroot\wss\VirtualDirectories&lt;/InetpubPath&gt;
			&lt;Port&gt;80&lt;/Port&gt;
			&lt;Protocol&gt;http://&lt;/Protocol&gt;
			&lt;OwnerAlias&gt;ISG1085\SharePointRyan&lt;/OwnerAlias&gt;
			&lt;OwnerEmail&gt;SharePointRyan@demowebsite.com&lt;/OwnerEmail&gt;
			&lt;SecondaryOwnerAlias&gt;ISG1085\SPFarm&lt;/SecondaryOwnerAlias&gt;
			&lt;SecondaryOwnerEmail&gt;SPFarm@demowebsite.com&lt;/SecondaryOwnerEmail&gt;
			&lt;RootSite&gt;
				&lt;WebTemplate&gt;BLANKINTERNET#0&lt;/WebTemplate&gt;
			&lt;/RootSite&gt;
			&lt;BlobCacheLocation&gt;C:\SharePointBlobCache\Contoso.com&lt;/BlobCacheLocation&gt;
		&lt;/WebAppConfig&gt;
	&lt;/WebApplication&gt;
&lt;/WebApplications&gt;

Subsite XML Syntax:

&lt;?xml version=&quot;1.0&quot; encoding=&quot;utf-8&quot;?&gt;
&lt;SubSites&gt;
	&lt;Sites SPSiteUrl=&quot;http://www.adventureworks.com&quot;&gt;
		&lt;!-- root site --&gt;
		&lt;Site Create=&quot;false&quot;&gt;
			&lt;SiteTitle&gt;Home&lt;/SiteTitle&gt;
			&lt;SiteUrl&gt;http://www.adventureworks.com/&lt;/SiteUrl&gt;
			&lt;WebTemplate&gt;CMSPUBLISHING#0&lt;/WebTemplate&gt;
			&lt;LangId&gt;1033&lt;/LangId&gt;
			&lt;Page&gt;
			   &lt;PageTitle&gt;Home&lt;/PageTitle&gt;
			   &lt;PageUrl&gt;Home.aspx&lt;/PageUrl&gt;
			   &lt;PageContent&gt;&lt;/PageContent&gt;
			   &lt;PageLayout&gt;Body Only&lt;/PageLayout&gt;
		   &lt;/Page&gt;	
			&lt;Page&gt;
			   &lt;PageTitle&gt;Terms of Use&lt;/PageTitle&gt;
			   &lt;PageUrl&gt;Terms-of-Use.aspx&lt;/PageUrl&gt;
			   &lt;PageContent&gt;&lt;/PageContent&gt;
			   &lt;PageLayout&gt;Body Only&lt;/PageLayout&gt;
		   &lt;/Page&gt;
			&lt;Page&gt;
			   &lt;PageTitle&gt;Privacy Policy&lt;/PageTitle&gt;
			   &lt;PageUrl&gt;Privacy-Policy.aspx&lt;/PageUrl&gt;
			   &lt;PageContent&gt;&lt;/PageContent&gt;
			   &lt;PageLayout&gt;Body Only&lt;/PageLayout&gt;
		   &lt;/Page&gt;
			&lt;Page&gt;
			   &lt;PageTitle&gt;Linking Policy&lt;/PageTitle&gt;
			   &lt;PageUrl&gt;Linking-Policy.aspx&lt;/PageUrl&gt;
			   &lt;PageContent&gt;&lt;/PageContent&gt;
			   &lt;PageLayout&gt;Body Only&lt;/PageLayout&gt;
		   &lt;/Page&gt;
			&lt;Page&gt;
			   &lt;PageTitle&gt;Legal Disclaimer&lt;/PageTitle&gt;
			   &lt;PageUrl&gt;Legal-Disclaimer.aspx&lt;/PageUrl&gt;
			   &lt;PageContent&gt;&lt;/PageContent&gt;
			   &lt;PageLayout&gt;Body Only&lt;/PageLayout&gt;
		   &lt;/Page&gt;	
			&lt;Page&gt;
			   &lt;PageTitle&gt;404 - Page Not Found&lt;/PageTitle&gt;
			   &lt;PageUrl&gt;Page-Not-Found.aspx&lt;/PageUrl&gt;
			   &lt;PageContent&gt;&lt;/PageContent&gt;
			   &lt;PageLayout&gt;Body Only&lt;/PageLayout&gt;
		   &lt;/Page&gt;			   		   
		&lt;/Site&gt;		
		&lt;!-- 2nd level sites --&gt;
		&lt;Site&gt;
			&lt;SiteTitle&gt;Products&lt;/SiteTitle&gt;
			&lt;SiteUrl&gt;http://www.adventureworks.com/Products&lt;/SiteUrl&gt;
			&lt;WebTemplate&gt;CMSPUBLISHING#0&lt;/WebTemplate&gt;
			&lt;LangId&gt;1033&lt;/LangId&gt;
			&lt;Page&gt;
			   &lt;PageTitle&gt;Awesome Widget&lt;/PageTitle&gt;
			   &lt;PageUrl&gt;Awesome-Widget.aspx&lt;/PageUrl&gt;
			   &lt;PageContent&gt;&lt;/PageContent&gt;
			   &lt;PageLayout&gt;Body Only&lt;/PageLayout&gt;
			&lt;/Page&gt;
			&lt;Page&gt;
			   &lt;PageTitle&gt;The Spectacular Thingamajig&lt;/PageTitle&gt;
			   &lt;PageUrl&gt;The-Spectacular-Thingamajig.aspx&lt;/PageUrl&gt;
			   &lt;PageContent&gt;&lt;/PageContent&gt;
			   &lt;PageLayout&gt;Body Only&lt;/PageLayout&gt;
			&lt;/Page&gt;
			&lt;Page&gt;
			   &lt;PageTitle&gt;Store&lt;/PageTitle&gt;
			   &lt;PageUrl&gt;Store.aspx&lt;/PageUrl&gt;
			   &lt;PageContent&gt;&lt;/PageContent&gt;
			   &lt;PageLayout&gt;Body Only&lt;/PageLayout&gt;
			&lt;/Page&gt;
		&lt;/Site&gt;
		&lt;Site&gt;
			&lt;SiteTitle&gt;Solutions&lt;/SiteTitle&gt;
			&lt;SiteUrl&gt;http://www.adventureworks.com/Solutions&lt;/SiteUrl&gt;
			&lt;WebTemplate&gt;CMSPUBLISHING#0&lt;/WebTemplate&gt;
			&lt;LangId&gt;1033&lt;/LangId&gt;
			&lt;Page&gt;
			   &lt;PageTitle&gt;Customer Engagement&lt;/PageTitle&gt;
			   &lt;PageUrl&gt;Customer-Engagement.aspx&lt;/PageUrl&gt;
			   &lt;PageContent&gt;&lt;/PageContent&gt;
			   &lt;PageLayout&gt;Body Only&lt;/PageLayout&gt;
			&lt;/Page&gt;
			&lt;Page&gt;
			   &lt;PageTitle&gt;Custom Solutions&lt;/PageTitle&gt;
			   &lt;PageUrl&gt;Custom-Solutions.aspx&lt;/PageUrl&gt;
			   &lt;PageContent&gt;&lt;/PageContent&gt;
			   &lt;PageLayout&gt;Body Only&lt;/PageLayout&gt;
			&lt;/Page&gt;
		&lt;/Site&gt;
		&lt;Site&gt;
			&lt;SiteTitle&gt;Shipping and Returns&lt;/SiteTitle&gt;
			&lt;SiteUrl&gt;http://www.adventureworks.com/Shipping-and-Returns&lt;/SiteUrl&gt;
			&lt;WebTemplate&gt;CMSPUBLISHING#0&lt;/WebTemplate&gt;
			&lt;LangId&gt;1033&lt;/LangId&gt;
			&lt;Page&gt;
			   &lt;PageTitle&gt;Shipping Policies&lt;/PageTitle&gt;
			   &lt;PageUrl&gt;Shipping-Policies.aspx&lt;/PageUrl&gt;
			   &lt;PageContent&gt;&lt;/PageContent&gt;
			   &lt;PageLayout&gt;Body Only&lt;/PageLayout&gt;
			&lt;/Page&gt;
			&lt;Page&gt;
			   &lt;PageTitle&gt;Return Policies&lt;/PageTitle&gt;
			   &lt;PageUrl&gt;Return-Policies.aspx&lt;/PageUrl&gt;
			   &lt;PageContent&gt;&lt;/PageContent&gt;
			   &lt;PageLayout&gt;Body Only&lt;/PageLayout&gt;
			&lt;/Page&gt;
		&lt;/Site&gt;
		&lt;Site&gt;
			&lt;SiteTitle&gt;About Us&lt;/SiteTitle&gt;
			&lt;SiteUrl&gt;http://www.adventureworks.com/About-Us&lt;/SiteUrl&gt;
			&lt;WebTemplate&gt;CMSPUBLISHING#0&lt;/WebTemplate&gt;
			&lt;LangId&gt;1033&lt;/LangId&gt;
			&lt;Page&gt;
			   &lt;PageTitle&gt;Company&lt;/PageTitle&gt;
			   &lt;PageUrl&gt;Company.aspx&lt;/PageUrl&gt;
			   &lt;PageContent&gt;&lt;/PageContent&gt;
			   &lt;PageLayout&gt;Body Only&lt;/PageLayout&gt;
			&lt;/Page&gt;
			&lt;Page&gt;
			   &lt;PageTitle&gt;History&lt;/PageTitle&gt;
			   &lt;PageUrl&gt;History.aspx&lt;/PageUrl&gt;
			   &lt;PageContent&gt;&lt;/PageContent&gt;
			   &lt;PageLayout&gt;Body Only&lt;/PageLayout&gt;
			&lt;/Page&gt;
			&lt;Page&gt;
			   &lt;PageTitle&gt;Locations&lt;/PageTitle&gt;
			   &lt;PageUrl&gt;Locations.aspx&lt;/PageUrl&gt;
			   &lt;PageContent&gt;&lt;/PageContent&gt;
			   &lt;PageLayout&gt;Blank Web Part page&lt;/PageLayout&gt;
			&lt;/Page&gt;
			&lt;Page&gt;
			   &lt;PageTitle&gt;Employment Opportunities&lt;/PageTitle&gt;
			   &lt;PageUrl&gt;Employment-Opportunities.aspx&lt;/PageUrl&gt;
			   &lt;PageContent&gt;&lt;/PageContent&gt;
			   &lt;PageLayout&gt;Body Only&lt;/PageLayout&gt;
			&lt;/Page&gt;
		&lt;/Site&gt;
		&lt;Site&gt;
			&lt;SiteTitle&gt;Contact Us&lt;/SiteTitle&gt;
			&lt;SiteUrl&gt;http://www.adventureworks.com/Contact-Us&lt;/SiteUrl&gt;
			&lt;WebTemplate&gt;CMSPUBLISHING#0&lt;/WebTemplate&gt;
			&lt;LangId&gt;1033&lt;/LangId&gt;
			&lt;Page&gt;
			   &lt;PageTitle&gt;Social Media&lt;/PageTitle&gt;
			   &lt;PageUrl&gt;Social-Media.aspx&lt;/PageUrl&gt;
			   &lt;PageContent&gt;&lt;/PageContent&gt;
			   &lt;PageLayout&gt;Body Only&lt;/PageLayout&gt;
			&lt;/Page&gt;
			&lt;Page&gt;
			   &lt;PageTitle&gt;Locations&lt;/PageTitle&gt;
			   &lt;PageUrl&gt;Locations.aspx&lt;/PageUrl&gt;
			   &lt;PageContent&gt;&lt;/PageContent&gt;
			   &lt;PageLayout&gt;Body Only&lt;/PageLayout&gt;
			&lt;/Page&gt;
			&lt;Page&gt;
			   &lt;PageTitle&gt;Service Requests&lt;/PageTitle&gt;
			   &lt;PageUrl&gt;Service-Requests.aspx&lt;/PageUrl&gt;
			   &lt;PageContent&gt;&lt;/PageContent&gt;
			   &lt;PageLayout&gt;Body Only&lt;/PageLayout&gt;
			&lt;/Page&gt;
			&lt;Page&gt;
			   &lt;PageTitle&gt;Request a Catalog&lt;/PageTitle&gt;
			   &lt;PageUrl&gt;Request-a-Catalog.aspx&lt;/PageUrl&gt;
			   &lt;PageContent&gt;&lt;/PageContent&gt;
			   &lt;PageLayout&gt;Body Only&lt;/PageLayout&gt;
			&lt;/Page&gt;
		&lt;/Site&gt;
		&lt;Site&gt;
			&lt;SiteTitle&gt;Our Company&lt;/SiteTitle&gt;
			&lt;SiteUrl&gt;http://www.adventureworks.com/Our-Company&lt;/SiteUrl&gt;
			&lt;WebTemplate&gt;CMSPUBLISHING#0&lt;/WebTemplate&gt;
			&lt;LangId&gt;1033&lt;/LangId&gt;
			&lt;Page&gt;
			   &lt;PageTitle&gt;Forms&lt;/PageTitle&gt;
			   &lt;PageUrl&gt;Forms.aspx&lt;/PageUrl&gt;
			   &lt;PageContent&gt;&lt;/PageContent&gt;
			   &lt;PageLayout&gt;Body Only&lt;/PageLayout&gt;
			&lt;/Page&gt;
			&lt;Page&gt;
			   &lt;PageTitle&gt;Travel&lt;/PageTitle&gt;
			   &lt;PageUrl&gt;Travel.aspx&lt;/PageUrl&gt;
			   &lt;PageContent&gt;&lt;/PageContent&gt;
			   &lt;PageLayout&gt;Body Only&lt;/PageLayout&gt;
			&lt;/Page&gt;
		&lt;/Site&gt;
		&lt;Site&gt;
			&lt;SiteTitle&gt;Our Customers&lt;/SiteTitle&gt;
			&lt;SiteUrl&gt;http://www.adventureworks.com/Our-Customers&lt;/SiteUrl&gt;
			&lt;WebTemplate&gt;CMSPUBLISHING#0&lt;/WebTemplate&gt;
			&lt;LangId&gt;1033&lt;/LangId&gt;
		&lt;/Site&gt;
	&lt;/Sites&gt;
&lt;/SubSites&gt;

PowerShell code:

#Region New-SPWebApplicationFromXml
function New-SPWebApplicationFromXml {
&lt;#
.Synopsis
	This advanced PowerShell Function uses XML and PowerShell code to provision
	one or more Web Applications, Site Colections, Subsites and Pages. It can 
	also deploy and activate solutions and features.
.Description
	This advanced script uses New-SPWebApplication, New-SPSite and 
	Enable-SPFeature to configure web applications and site collections using
	specified Site Templates from the included XML. Features, Managed Paths, 
	subsites and even Publishing pages can be created using XML as the input.
.Example
	C:\PS&gt;New-SPWebApplicationFromXml -ConfigXmlInput .\WebApps.xml `
	-SubsiteXmlInput .\Subsites.xml
	
	This example runs with the default parameter values to configure a Web App
	and Site Collection based on the contents of an XML file called 
	WebApps.xml in the current file directory.
.Notes
	Name: New-SPWebApplicationFromXml
	Author: Ryan Dennis
	Last Edit: 9/7/2012
	Keywords: New-SPWebApplication, New-SPSite
.Link
	http://www.sharepointryan.com
 	http://twitter.com/SharePointRyan
#Requires -Version 2.0
#&gt;
[CmdletBinding()]
Param(
[Parameter(Mandatory=$true)][System.String]$ConfigXmlInput,
[Parameter(Mandatory=$true)][System.String]$SubsiteXmlInput
)

#Region Miscellaneous stuff at the beginning
# If SharePoint Snapin isn't loaded - load it #
if ((Get-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell)-eq $null)
{
	Write-Warning &quot;Adding SharePoint Snapin&quot;
	try	{ Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell }
	catch { throw &quot;Unable to add SharePoint Snapin&quot;;return }
}
# Start SP Assignment for proper disposal of objects such as SPSite and SPWeb #
Start-SPAssignment -Global

# Read Web Apps from XML file #
[xml]$WebAppXml = Get-Content $($ConfigXmlInput)
if ($WebAppXml -eq $null) { return }

[xml]$SubsiteXml = Get-Content $($SubsiteXmlInput)
if ($SubsiteXml -eq $null) { return }


#EndRegion

#Region Enable Blob Cache function 
function Enable-SPBlobCache { 
param( 
	[Parameter(Mandatory=$true, ValueFromPipeline=$true, Position=0)]
	[Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell.SPWebApplicationPipeBind] 
	$WebApplication,
	[Parameter(Mandatory=$false, ValueFromPipeline=$true, Position=1)]
	$BlobCacheLocation=&quot;C:\BlobCache\14&quot;
) 

process { 
    $WebApp = $WebApplication.Read() 
    # SPWebConfigModification to enable BlobCache 
    $configMod1 = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPWebConfigModification 
    $configMod1.Path = &quot;configuration/SharePoint/BlobCache&quot; 
    $configMod1.Name = &quot;enabled&quot; 
    $configMod1.Sequence = 0 
    $configMod1.Owner = &quot;BlobCacheMod&quot; 
    ## SPWebConfigModificationType.EnsureChildNode -&gt; 0 
    ## SPWebConfigModificationType.EnsureAttribute -&gt; 1 
    ## SPWebConfigModificationType.EnsureSection -&gt; 2 
    $configMod1.Type = 1 
    $configMod1.Value = &quot;true&quot;
		
    ######################################################################
	
	# SPWebConfigModification to enable client-side Blob caching (max-age) 
    $configMod2 = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPWebConfigModification 
    $configMod2.Path = &quot;configuration/SharePoint/BlobCache&quot; 
    $configMod2.Name = &quot;max-age&quot; 
    $configMod2.Sequence = 0 
    $configMod2.Owner = &quot;BlobCacheMod&quot; 
    ## SPWebConfigModificationType.EnsureChildNode -&gt; 0 
    ## SPWebConfigModificationType.EnsureAttribute -&gt; 1 
    ## SPWebConfigModificationType.EnsureSection -&gt; 2 
    $configMod2.Type = 1 
    $configMod2.Value = &quot;86400&quot; 
	
	######################################################################
	
	# SPWebConfigModification to change the default location for the Blob Cache files
	$configMod3 = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPWebConfigModification
	$configMod3.Path = &quot;configuration/SharePoint/BlobCache&quot;
	$configMod3.Name = &quot;location&quot;
	$configMod3.Sequence = &quot;0&quot;
	$configMod3.Owner = &quot;BlobCacheMod&quot;
	## SPWebConfigModificationType.EnsureChildNode -&gt; 0 
    ## SPWebConfigModificationType.EnsureAttribute -&gt; 1 
    ## SPWebConfigModificationType.EnsureSection -&gt; 2 
	$configMod3.Type = 1
	$configMod3.Value = $BlobCacheLocation
    # Add mods, update, and apply 
    $WebApp.WebConfigModifications.Add( $configMod1 ) 
    $WebApp.WebConfigModifications.Add( $configMod2 )
	$WebApp.WebConfigModifications.Add( $configMod3 )
    $WebApp.Update() 
    $WebApp.Parent.ApplyWebConfigModifications() 
} 
}

#EndRegion Blob Cache Function

#Region New-BalloonTip Function
function New-BalloonTip {
[CmdletBinding()]
Param(
$TipText='This is the body text.',
$TipTitle='This is the title.',
$TipDuration='10000'
)
[system.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName('System.Windows.Forms') | Out-Null
$balloon = New-Object System.Windows.Forms.NotifyIcon
$path = Get-Process -id $pid | Select-Object -ExpandProperty Path
$icon = [System.Drawing.Icon]::ExtractAssociatedIcon($path)
$balloon.Icon = $icon
$balloon.BalloonTipIcon = 'Info'
$balloon.BalloonTipText = $TipText
$balloon.BalloonTipTitle = $TipTitle
$balloon.Visible = $true
$balloon.ShowBalloonTip($TipDuration)
}
#EndRegion New-BalloonTipFunction

#Region Load the Form Dialog
# Load Assemblies for System.Windows.Forms and System.Drawing #
[void] [System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName(&quot;System.Windows.Forms&quot;)
[void] [System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName(&quot;System.Drawing&quot;) 

# Store the 14 Hive in Variable, create an Img variable for Icon #
$14 = 'C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14'
$Img = $14+&quot;\Template\Images\Favicon.ico&quot;

# Create the Form Object #
$objForm = New-Object System.Windows.Forms.Form 
$objForm.Text = &quot;SharePoint Web Application Deployment Wizard&quot;
$objForm.Size = New-Object System.Drawing.Size(500,350) 
$objForm.StartPosition = &quot;CenterScreen&quot;
$objForm.Icon = $Img
$objForm.FormBorderStyle = 'FixedDialog'
$objForm.KeyPreview = $True
$objForm.Add_KeyDown({if ($_.KeyCode -eq &quot;Enter&quot;) 
    {
		$objForm.DialogResult = [System.Windows.Forms.DialogResult]::OK
		$SelectedApps = $null
		[System.String]$Items=$objListBox.SelectedItems;
		[System.Array]$SelectedApps=$Items.Split(' ');
		if($SelectedApps -eq $null){
		throw &quot;You must select at least one web application!&quot;}
		$objForm.Close()
	}
}
)
$objForm.Add_KeyDown({if ($_.KeyCode -eq &quot;Escape&quot;){$objForm.Close()}})

# OK Button #
$OKButton = New-Object System.Windows.Forms.Button
$OKButton.Location = New-Object System.Drawing.Size(330,280)
$OKButton.Size = New-Object System.Drawing.Size(75,23)
$OKButton.Text = &quot;OK&quot;
$OKButton.Add_Click(
{
	$objForm.DialogResult = [System.Windows.Forms.DialogResult]::OK
	$SelectedApps = $null
	[System.String]$Items=$objListBox.SelectedItems;
	[System.Array]$SelectedApps=$Items.Split(' ');
	if($SelectedApps -eq $null)
	{
	throw &quot;You must select at least one web application!&quot;
	}
	$objForm.Close()
})

# Cancel Button #
$CancelButton = New-Object System.Windows.Forms.Button
$CancelButton.Location = New-Object System.Drawing.Size(405,280)
$CancelButton.Size = New-Object System.Drawing.Size(75,23)
$CancelButton.Text = &quot;Cancel&quot;
$CancelButton.Add_Click(
{
	$objForm.DialogResult = [System.Windows.Forms.DialogResult]::Cancel
	$objForm.Close()
}
)

# Listbox Object #
$objListBox = New-Object System.Windows.Forms.ListBox 
$objListBox.Location = New-Object System.Drawing.Size(10,40) 
$objListBox.Size = New-Object System.Drawing.Size(470,20) 
$objListBox.Height = 230
$objListBox.SelectionMode = &quot;MultiExtended&quot;

# Listbox Label #
$objLabel = New-Object System.Windows.Forms.Label
$objLabel.Location = New-Object System.Drawing.Size(10,20) 
$objLabel.Size = New-Object System.Drawing.Size(470,20) 
$objLabel.Text = &quot;Please select the web application(s) you wish to deploy:&quot;

$WebApps = $WebAppXml.WebApplications.WebApplication
$WebApps | ForEach-Object {
	[void] $objListBox.Items.Add($_.WebAppConfig.HostHeader)
}

# Add the controls to the Form Object #
$objForm.Controls.Add($objLabel)
$objForm.Controls.add($objListBox)
$objForm.Controls.Add($OKButton)
$objForm.Controls.Add($CancelButton)
$objForm.Controls.Add($SearchButton)

# Display the form on top of all other windows #
$objForm.Topmost = $True

# Add the dialog box to the screen #
$objForm.Add_Shown({$objForm.Activate()})
[void] $objForm.ShowDialog()

#EndRegion Form Dialog

#Region Web App ForEach-Object Loop to create everything
# If the dialog result is OK, run the code to create navigation #
if ($objForm.DialogResult -eq &quot;OK&quot; -and $SelectedApps -ne $null)
{
$SelectedApps | ForEach-Object {
	
	#Region Create Web Application
	# Clear Host for a clean, empty shell #
	Clear-Host
	
	[System.String]$CurrentWA = $_
	$wa = $WebAppXml.WebApplications.WebApplication |
	Where-Object {$_.WebAppConfig.HostHeader -eq $CurrentWA}
	
	# Store start time in variable for calculation later #
	$StartTime = Get-Date

	# Read in list of sites from XML file and create variables for use later #
	$Name = $wa.WebAppConfig.Name
	$ApplicationPool = $wa.WebAppConfig.AppPool
	$ApplicationPoolAccount = $wa.WebAppConfig.AppPoolAccount
	$DatabaseServer = $wa.WebAppConfig.DBServer
	$DatabaseName = $wa.WebAppConfig.DBName
	$InetpubPath = $wa.WebAppConfig.InetpubPath
	$HostHeader = $wa.WebAppConfig.HostHeader
	$Port = $wa.WebAppConfig.Port
	$WebsitePath=$InetpubPath+&quot;\&quot;+$HostHeader+$Port
	$Protocol = $wa.WebAppConfig.Protocol
	$Url = $Protocol+&quot;://&quot;+$HostHeader+&quot;:&quot;+$Port
	$ManagedPaths = $wa.WebAppConfig.ManagedPaths
	$Solutions = $wa.WebAppConfig.Solutions
	$BlobCacheLocation = $wa.WebAppConfig.BlobCacheLocation
	$AuthType = $wa.WebAppConfig.Authentication.Type
	$AuthMethod = $wa.WebAppConfig.Authentication.AuthMethod
	$AuthProviderName = $wa.WebAppConfig.Authentication.AuthProvider.Name
	$AuthProviderMember = $wa.WebAppConfig.Authentication.AuthProvider.MembershipProviderName
	$AuthProviderRole = $wa.WebAppConfig.Authentication.AuthProvider.RoleProviderName
	
	# Start SP Assignment for object disposal later #
	Start-SPAssignment -Global

	# Change Shell Title #
	$title = $Host.UI.RawUI.WindowTitle
	$Host.UI.RawUI.WindowTitle = &quot;Provisioning Web Application...&quot;

	$ErrorPref = $ErrorActionPreference
	$ErrorActionPreference = &quot;SilentlyContinue&quot;
	$WarningPref = $WarningPreference
	$WarningPreference = &quot;SilentlyContinue&quot;

	# Tell us the Web App is getting created #
	$iMax = 11 #Number of Steps#
	$i = 0 #Number to start on#
	
	$i++ #step 1
	Write-Progress -Activity &quot;Step $i of $iMax : Creating Web Application at Url $($HostHeader)&quot; `
	-PercentComplete ($i/$imax*100) -Status &quot;Creating IIS Website, Content Database and Application Pool&quot;
	# Create a Classic App #
	if($AuthType -eq &quot;Classic&quot;){
		try {
			# Create the Web App #
			New-SPWebApplication -Name $Name -ApplicationPool $ApplicationPool `
			-ApplicationPoolAccount $ApplicationPoolAccount -DatabaseName $DatabaseName `
			-DatabaseServer $DatabaseServer -HostHeader $HostHeader -Port $Port `
			-Path $WebsitePath -Url $HostHeader -WarningAction SilentlyContinue | Out-Null
			New-BalloonTip -TipText &quot;The web application at Url: $($HostHeader) has been created.&quot; `
			-TipTitle &quot;Web Application created successfully&quot;
		} 
		catch {	throw &quot;Unable to create the web application&quot;;return	}
	}
	# Create a Windows Claims App #
	if($AuthType -eq &quot;Claims&quot;){
		try {
			# Create the auth provider #
			$ap = New-SPAuthenticationProvider
			# Create the Web App #
			New-SPWebApplication -Name $Name -ApplicationPool $ApplicationPool `
			-ApplicationPoolAccount $ApplicationPoolAccount -DatabaseName $DatabaseName `
			-DatabaseServer $DatabaseServer -HostHeader $HostHeader -Port $Port `
			-Path $WebsitePath -Url $HostHeader -WarningAction SilentlyContinue `
			-AuthenticationProvider $ap -AuthenticationMethod $AuthMethod | Out-Null
		} 
		catch {	throw &quot;Unable to create the web application&quot;;return	}
	}
	#EndRegion Create Web Application
	
	#Region Creating Managed Paths
	$i++ #Step2
	# Create Managed Paths #
	$wa.WebAppConfig.ManagedPaths.ManagedPath | ForEach-Object {
		$path = $_.path
		$type = $_.type
		if($type -eq &quot;explicit&quot;){
			New-SPManagedPath -Explicit -RelativeURL $path -WebApplication $Url `
			-ErrorAction SilentlyContinue | Out-Null
			New-BalloonTip -TipText &quot;The managed path at path: $($path) has been created.&quot; `
			-TipTitle &quot;Managed path created successfully&quot;
		}
		elseif($type -eq &quot;wildcard&quot;){
			New-SPManagedPath -RelativeURL $path -WebApplication $Url `
			-ErrorAction SilentlyContinue | Out-Null
			New-BalloonTip -TipText &quot;The managed path at path: $($path) has been created.&quot; `
			-TipTitle &quot;Managed path created successfully&quot;
		}
	}
	#EndRegion Creating Managed Paths
	
	#Region Installing Solutions
	$i++ #Step3
	# Change Shell Title #
	$Host.UI.RawUI.WindowTitle = &quot;Installing Solutions...&quot;
	# Enable solutions #
	try {
		$Solutions.Solution | ForEach-Object {
		$SolutionId = $_
			if($SolutionId.GACDeployment -eq &quot;true&quot;){
			Write-Progress -Activity &quot;Step $i of $iMax : Installing Solutions...&quot; `
			-PercentComplete ($i/$imax*100) -Status &quot;Activating $($SolutionId) solution&quot;
			Install-SPSolution $($SolutionId) -WebApplication $Url `
			-GACDeployment -ErrorVariable +err -Confirm:$false
			Start-Sleep -Seconds 5
			}
			else{
			Write-Progress -Activity &quot;Step $i of $iMax : Installing Solutions...&quot; `
			-PercentComplete ($i/$imax*100) -Status &quot;Activating $($SolutionId) solution&quot;
			Install-SPSolution $($SolutionId) -WebApplication $Url `
			-ErrorVariable +err -Confirm:$false
			Start-Sleep -Seconds 5
			}
		}
	}
	catch { Write-Error &quot;Error enabling solution $($SolutionId)&quot; }
	#EndRegion Installing Solutions	
		
	#Region Create Site Collections
	# Change Shell Title #
	$Host.UI.RawUI.WindowTitle = &quot;Provisioning Site Collections...&quot;
	$i++ #step4
	$siteCollections = $wa.SiteCollections
	# Create Site Collections using ForEach-Object loop #
	try {
	$SiteCollections.SiteCollection | ForEach-Object {
		$NewSiteUrl = $Url+$_.Path
		$sName = $_.Name
		$sOAlias = $_.OwnerAlias
		$sOEmail = $_.OwnerEmail
		$sSOAlias = $_.SecondaryOwnerAlias
		$sSOEmail = $_.SecondaryOwnerEmail
		$sTemplate = $_.WebTemplate
		$subSites = $_.Sites
		$srchUrl = $_.SearchSettings.SearchCenterUrl
		$srchDD = $_.SearchSettings.DropDownMode
		$srchPage = $_.SearchSettings.TargetResultsPage
		# Tell us the Site Collection is getting created #
		Write-Progress -Activity &quot;Step $i of $iMax : Creating Site Collection at Url $($HostHeader)...&quot; `
		-PercentComplete ($i/$imax*100) -Status &quot;Provisioning $($sTemplate) site&quot;
		$SPSite = New-SPSite -Name $sName -OwnerAlias $sOAlias -OwnerEmail $sOEmail `
		-SecondaryOwnerAlias $sSOAlias -SecondaryEmail $sSOEmail `
		-Template $sTemplate -Url $NewSiteUrl | Out-Null
		New-BalloonTip -TipText &quot;The site collection at Url: $($NewSiteUrl) has been created.&quot; `
		-TipTitle &quot;Site collection created successfully&quot;
		Start-Sleep -Seconds 5
		
		$_.Features.Feature | ForEach-Object {
		# Enable Features #
		try {
			$FeatureId = $_
			Write-Progress -Activity &quot;Step $i of $iMax : Configuring Site Features...&quot; `
			-PercentComplete ($i/$imax*100) -Status &quot;Activating $($FeatureId) feature&quot;
			Enable-SPFeature -Identity $($FeatureId) -Url $NewSiteUrl -ErrorVariable +err `
			-ErrorAction SilentlyContinue -Confirm:$false
			}
		catch { Write-Error &quot;Error activating feature $err&quot; }
		} #end Feature ForEach
		New-BalloonTip -TipText &quot;The specified features have been enabled.&quot; `
		-TipTitle &quot;Features activated successfully&quot;
		Start-Sleep -Seconds 5
		
		
		#Region Search Settings
		.\Set-SPSiteSearchSettings.ps1 -SiteUrl $NewSiteUrl -SearchCenterUrl $srchUrl `
		-SearchDropDownMode $srchDD -SearchResultsUrl $srchPage
		#EndRegion Search Settings
		
	} #End Site Collection ForEach
	} #End Site Collection Try
	catch { throw &quot;Unable to create site collection at path: $NewSiteUrl&quot;;return }
	
	#EndRegion Create Site Collections

	#Region Configure Blob Caching
	$i++ #step 7
	Write-Progress -Activity &quot;Step $i of $iMax : Configuring Cache Settings...&quot; `
	-PercentComplete ($i/$imax*100) -Status &quot;Configuring BLOB Caching&quot;
	try {
	Enable-SPBlobCache -WebApplication $Url -BlobCacheLocation $BlobCacheLocation
	}
	catch { Write-Error &quot;Unable to configure BLOB caching&quot; }
	#EndRegion Configure Blob Caching
	
	#Region Run External Scripts
		$location = Get-Location
		$modPath = $PSHOME+&quot;\Modules\PSSAT002\&quot;
		Set-Location $modPath
	
		#Region Create Web App Policy
		$i++ #step8
		Write-Progress -Activity &quot;Step $i of $iMax : Creating Web Application Policy...&quot; `
		-PercentComplete ($i/$imax*100) -Status &quot;Configuring Full Control Policy&quot;
		
		.\Configure-SPWebApplicationUserPolicy.ps1 -WebApplicationUrl $Url
		#EndRegion Create Web App Policy	
	
		#Region Meta Fields
		# Create Meta Fields #
		$i++ #step 9
		Write-Progress -Activity &quot;Step $i of $iMax : Configuring SEO Fields...&quot; `
		-PercentComplete ($i/$imax*100) -Status &quot;Provisioning SEO Meta Fields&quot;
		
		#Write-Host &quot;Configuring SEO fields&quot;
		.\Create-MaventionMetaFields.ps1 -Url $Url
		#EndRegion MetaFields

		Set-Location $location
	#EndRegion Run External Scripts
	
	#Region Create Subsites
	
		# Create subwebs from XML input #
		$i++ #step 11
		Write-Progress -Activity &quot;Step $i of $iMax : Creating Subsites from XML...&quot; `
		-PercentComplete ($i/$imax*100) -Status &quot;Retrieving sites from XML file&quot;
		Start-SPAssignment -Global
		
		$SubsiteXml.SubSites.Sites.Site | ForEach-Object {
		Write-Progress -Activity &quot;Step $i of $iMax : Creating Subsites from XML...&quot; `
		-PercentComplete ($i/$imax*100) -Status &quot;Creating an SPWeb at $($SiteUrl)&quot;
		$SPSiteUrl = $_.SPSiteUrl
		$SiteTitle = [string]$_.SiteTitle
		$SiteUrl = [string]$_.SiteUrl
		$SiteOwner = [string]$_.Owner
		$SiteUser = [string]$_.User
		$WebTemplate = [string]$_.WebTemplate
		$LangId = [string]$_.LangId
		$SiteUrl = $SiteUrl
		# Create the SPWeb #
		if ($_.create -ne &quot;false&quot;)
		{
		$Web = New-SPWeb -Url $SiteUrl -Language $LangId -Template $WebTemplate `
		-Name $SiteTitle -ErrorAction Inquire
		}
		else {
		$Web = Get-SPWeb -Identity $SiteUrl -ErrorAction Inquire
		}
		# Get publishing site and web objects
		$site = $Web.Site
		$pWeb = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing.PublishingWeb]::GetPublishingWeb($web)

		# Create all Pages using ForEach-Object #
		if ($_.Page -ne $null){
		$_.Page | ForEach-Object {
		
		# Create page content variables from XML file
		$PageTitle = [string]$_.PageTitle
		$PageUrl = [string]$_.PageUrl
		$PageLayout = [string]$_.PageLayout
		#$PageContent = [xml]$_.PageContent
		$PageImage = [string]$_.PageImage
		$layout = $pWeb.GetAvailablePageLayouts() | Where-Object {$_.Title -match $PageLayout}
		
	    # Create blank page using Add method
		Write-Progress -Activity &quot;Step $i of $iMax : Creating Subsites from XML...&quot; `
		-PercentComplete ($i/$imax*100) -Status &quot;Creating $($PageTitle).aspx page in $($SiteTitle) site...&quot;
	    $pages = $pWeb.GetPublishingPages($pWeb)
		$page = $pages.Add($PageUrl, $layout)
		$page.Update()
		
	    # Update the filename to the one specified in the XML, add HTML content to Page Content zone
	    $item = $page.ListItem
		$item[&quot;Title&quot;] = $PageTitle;
		$item[&quot;Page Content&quot;] = $PageContent;
		$item.Update()
		
	    # Check-in and publish page
	    $item.File.CheckIn(&quot;&quot;)
	    $item.File.Publish(&quot;&quot;)
		$file = $item.File
		$pWeb.Update()
		
		} #end Page Foreach
		
		} # End if block 
		Start-Sleep -Seconds 2
		} #End Site ForEach
		New-BalloonTip -TipText &quot;The specified subsites have been created.&quot; `
		-TipTitle &quot;Sites created successfully&quot;
	#EndRegion Create Subsites
	
	#Region Clean up and launch site
	# Dispose all objects #
	Stop-SPAssignment -Global

	#Region Start SharePoint Warmup
	.\Start-SharePointWarmup.ps1 -WebApp $Url
	#EndRegion
	
	# Set Error and Warning Preferences back #
	$ErrorActionPreference = $ErrorPref
	$WarningPreference = $WarningPref

	# Open the site in IE #
	$ie = New-Object -ComObject InternetExplorer.Application
	$ie.Navigate($Url)
	$ie.Visible = $true;

	Write-Progress -Activity &quot;Launching the site in Internet Explorer&quot; `
	-Status &quot;Opening IExplore.exe&quot;
	#EndRegion Clean up and launch site
} #end Web App ForEach

#Region Calculate running time and finish up
$EndTime = Get-Date
$TimeSpan = New-TimeSpan $StartTime $EndTime
$Mins = $TimeSpan.Minutes
$Secs = $TimeSpan.Seconds
$Time = $EndTime.ToShortTimeString()
# Tell us it's done #
Write-Host &quot;------------------------------------------------------------------&quot;
Write-Host &quot; Portal Configuration Complete at $($Time).&quot;
Write-Host &quot; Process took $($Mins) minutes and $($Secs) seconds to complete.&quot;
Write-Host &quot;------------------------------------------------------------------&quot;
Stop-SPAssignment -Global

New-BalloonTip -TipText &quot;Portal configuration complete at $($Time).&quot; `
-TipTitle &quot;Portal configuration complete!&quot;

#EndRegion Calculate running time and finish up
} #end If DialogResult = OK

#EndRegion Web App ForEach-Object Loop to create everything

#Region Else blocks
# If the Cancel button is clicked, exit #
elseif($objForm.DialogResult -eq &quot;Cancel&quot;){return} #end Else

# If attempting to run without selecting at least one site, output message #
else{Write-Warning &quot;You must select at least one web application!&quot;}
#EndRegion Else blocks

}#endFunction

#EndRegion New-SPWebApplicationFromXml