Karthik Murugesan Posted on October 24th, 2013

It’s amazing how many SharePoint folks I speak to still don’t know about the Windows PowerShell for SharePoint Command Builder site.

The Windows PowerShell Command Builder for Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Microsoft SharePoint 2013, SharePoint Online, and Microsoft Office 365 is an HTML5 application that is designed to help IT professionals and power users learn how to use Windows PowerShell for administrative tasks.

I see this site like how programmers use intellisense to explore possible methods and properties of a class. In it’s simplest form the site offers a unique way to build PowerShell statements to manage your SharePoint environment.

My favorite feature is the “Quick Steps” option on the top right corner. With this option you get to chose from some of the common SharePoint administrative tasks, pick the SharePoint version and enter some environment specific details.

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Next thing you know you have a completely functional PowerShell statement to execute that particular task.


Get-SPSite -Identity "http://siteaction.net" -Limit "1" | Backup-SPSite -Path "c:temp"

You can also explore various PowerShell commands available in few clicks.

First choose your Verb and hit Send. This will populate the first segment of the PowerShell command.

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Once you have the Verb selected the Nouns section show filtered available options to choose from.

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Next step is to enter your environment specific details to get the fully formed PowerShell command. If you are just making yourself familiar with the various PowerShell command you can quickly get to the TechNet article about that particular command right there in that screen.

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This way I discovered few commands I never knew existed before.

Good Luck!

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