PowerShell/CSOM CMSPublishing#0 exception RRS feed

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  • I'm trying to execute a Powershell script that uses CSOM to create Publishing webs.  Each ClientContext tries to create exactly one OOTB CMSPublishing#0 web and I get the error (sometimes):
    Error : Exception calling "ExecuteQuery" with "0" argument(s): "Provisioning did not succeed. Details: Failed to initialize some site properties for Web at Url: 'https://..../hr/benefits' OriginalException: The request uses too many resources.
    I understand that one cannot bundle too many requests at once because of the request limit being 2 MB or so, but this is being done with a new ClientContext instance with no outstanding requests (verified by property inspection) and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

    How can provisioning a single web in a single-use client context generate a request size greater than 2MB?  How can I get around this issue?  (Btw, yesterday the powershell script ran to completion at least 5 times with no errors, but today it won't - so what's causing this, too?). 

    Another odd thing is when I made a whitespace change in the file (inside a comment), it started executing just fine for 10 executions.  I then closed out PowerShell ISE and when I reopened it, same errors.



    Monday, March 23, 2015 5:30 PM


  • Hi Steve,

    For this issue, I recommend to make sure that the SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure is activated on the Site collection features firstly.

    Would you mind of providing your PowerShell code for reproducing this issue?

    I tested the CSOM PowerShell command below to create publishing webs in my environment, and it worked fine.

    I recommend to run the command in your environment to see how it works.

    Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell
    Import-Module 'C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\15\ISAPI\Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.dll'
    Function New-Site()
       $ctx = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.ClientContext($webappurl)
       $ctx.Credentials = $credentials
       $webCreationInformation = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.WebCreationInformation
       $webCreationInformation.Url = $siteurl
       $webCreationInformation.Title = $sitetitle
       $webCreationInformation.Description = $sitedescription
       $webCreationInformation.UseSamePermissionsAsParentSite = $UseSamePermissionsAsParentSite
       $webCreationInformation.Language = $lcid 
       $webCreationInformation.WebTemplate = $webTemplate
       $newWeb = $ctx.Web.Webs.Add($webCreationInformation)
       if(!$?) {
         Throw "Unable to create new site"
       Write-Host "Site created successfully." -ForegroundColor Green
       Write-Host("Error while creating site. Error -->> " + $_.Exception.Message) -ForegroundColor Red
    $webappurl = 'http://webappURL'
    $siteurl = 'SomeSite'
    $sitetitle = 'Some Title'
    $sitedescription = 'Some site description' 
    $WebTemplate = "CMSPUBLISHING#0"
    $Lcid = 1033
    $UseSamePermissionsAsParentSite = $true
    $credentials = Get-Credential
    New-Site $webappurl $siteurl $sitetitle $sitedescription $WebTemplate $Lcid $UseSamePermissionsAsParentSite 



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    Wednesday, March 25, 2015 5:07 AM