Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Update Calculated Column periodically without editing any items in Sharepoint using PowerShell

One of my recent activity was to automate sending email to some Manager’s to provide their approval for their reportees to extend their employment contract for next one year. This can be done using SharePoint workflow, but the challenge is we are not privileged to use the SharePoint Designer.

So, we decided to use the PowerShell script to trigger an email using client context. Then we created required list columns and employee information’s and I created three calculated columns along with that,
  • ·         First is for to get the number of days between last renewal date with today’s date (Today () – last renewal column)
  • ·         Second is for to round the number to nearest digit (= Round (Calucaltedcolumn1,0))
  • ·         Final calculated column is to indicate which items are crossed 365 days and it will set a Flag as Remind as a column value (=IF (second calculated column =< 365),” Remind”, “No”)).

But we were not realized that calculated column will be populate the value when the list items gets modified, since we are using Today() in formula. We can edit the list item using PowerShell but we required Modified date for some reason to track the approval process.

To overcome that, I used below snippet code to update calculated column without editing any items, what it will do it will just update the mentioned column and the it will populate the value.
Add-Type -Path "C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Web Server Extensions\16\ISAPI\Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.dll"
Add-Type -Path "C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Web Server Extensions\16\ISAPI\Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.Runtime.dll"

$clientContext = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.ClientContext "Site URL"

$listname ="List Name"

                $field = $List.Fields
                $ListField= $clientContext.Load($field)
                $ColumnField = $field | select -ExpandProperty InternalName
                $Columnvalue = @("Column1","Column2","Column3")
                Foreach($ColumnName in $Columnvalue)
                             #Get the List column
                 $ListColumn = $field.GetByInternalNameOrTitle($ColumnName)
                         Write-host "List Column Updated Successfully!"
                            Write-host "List Column not found!"

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Create Virtual machine in Microsoft Azure

Hi Readers, In this article we are going to learn how to create Virtual machine using Azure portal and Powershell console, as a first step we need to create resource group. so lets see what is resource group first.

Resource group 

Resource group is a primary layer of your azure environment, where you can provision, managing assets like VM, Virtual network, storage, etc. a resource group can be used to scope access control of administrative actions and every resource should have a resource group.

Create Resource group using azure portal 

Step 1: Login https://portal.azure.com 
Step 2: select resource group from your left navigation 
Step 3: Click Add button and select your subscription and provide resource group name and select region 

Step 4: click next to tags, it’s just an optional. You can provide value or ignore it 
Step 5: finally click create from bottom and it will take few moments to create resource group at back-end 

Create resource group using PowerShell 

Before that we need to install azure PowerShell modules in your local machine, to install module run the following command in PowerShell 

Install-Module -Name az 

Once the module gets installed successfully, then connect to your azure tenant using below command 


After connected to your tenant, run below command to create resource group 

New-AzureRmResourceGroup -Name "createbypowershell" -Location 'Central India'  

Create Virtual machine using Azure Portal 

Step 1: click virtual machine from left navigation 
Step 2: click add and provide VM name, Image and specification on next screen 

Step 3: Provide Administrator name and password and enable inbound port for HTTP(80) and RDP(3389) and click next from bottom 

Step 4: you can select OS Disk type. You have option called Standard HDD, Standard SSD and Premium SSD. I am selecting premium SSD for better performance and click next 

Step 5For every resource azure will automatically create network IP and subnet by own, in this article I am going with default network IP and subnet 

Step 6: you can skip Management, advance and tags. That’s not mandatory for all type of VM’s and click create once you reviewed all information.  

Create using PowerShell

In powershell we can use more parameters to create virtual machine but in this article i used some basic parameters to create virtual machine like name, image, location and resource group name.

New-AzureRmVM -ResourceGroupName "createbypowershell" -Location '