Exception calling "ExecuteQuery" with "0" argument(s): "Root element is missing." RRS feed

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  • #Specify tenant admin and site URL

    $User = "UserName" $ListTitle = "NewList" #Add references to SharePoint client assemblies and authenticate to Office 365 site - required for CSOM 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" $Password = Read-Host -Prompt "Please enter your password" -AsSecureString #Bind to site collection $SiteURL="MySite" write-host $SiteURL $Context = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.ClientContext($SiteURL) #Authenticate $Creds = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.SharePointOnlineCredentials($User,$Password) $Context.Credentials = $Creds write-host "Passed Credential Check" #Create list with "custom" list template $ListInfo = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.ListCreationInformation $ListInfo.Title = $ListTitle $ListInfo.TemplateType = "100" $List = $Context.Web.Lists.Add($ListInfo) $List.Description = $ListTitle $List.Update() write-host "After $List.Update()" -foregroundcolor Green $Context.ExecuteQuery() write-host "done"

    I am learning to use Powershell script.  I am attempting to create a List named "NewList" to my SharePoint Site via the above Powershell script.  I got Exception calling "ExecuteQuery" with "0" argument(s): "Root element is missing." 

    On this machine, the PSVersion is 5.1.17134.858 (Windows 10)

    When I run the same script on another machine with the same PS Version (Windows 10), I got the same error.  

    When I run the same script on another machine with PS Version 5.1.16299.251 (Windows 10) or 4.0 (Windows Server 2012 R2).

    I tried setting DNS address to and from this link.   It did not change anything for me. 

    I tried re-installing Powershell as instructed by this link

    Any idea to fix this issue on this machine? 

    Thanks .

    Dan Chan

    Monday, August 19, 2019 6:34 PM

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    Tuesday, August 20, 2019 6:28 AM
  • Hi Lee,

    I ran my script in Windows PowerShell ISE and got the following error.  I also attached the $PSVersionTable

    Tuesday, August 20, 2019 12:17 PM
  • Running the script in PS 6 does not help. 

    When I did a $StackTrace, I got the following.  It seemed that $Context.ExecuteQuery() created an XML file that has the WRONG format to be decoded.  If it is true, where is the XML file?  

    Tuesday, August 20, 2019 6:01 PM
  • The code generates SOAP queries.  SOAP is transmitted as XML.  The error means that you have bad or missing arguments in you request.


    Tuesday, August 20, 2019 6:24 PM
  • SOLVED!!!! 

    Well, I am learning Powershell.  So, somehow, I got the idea to play with time and got the below DateTimeExample script going.  It ran without any problems, producing the expected results.  

    write-host 'Get System Date'
    write-host 'yyyyMMDD and HHmmSS from System Date'
    $A1='2014-02-10 12:47:27'
    $A=[DateTime]::ParseExact($A1,'yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss',$null)
    if ($A.IsDaylightSavingTime()) {
        else {
    write-host 'Convert a String to DateTime'

    The STRANGE part is that after running the above script and then go back to run my script to load/create a list in SharePoint, the "Root Element is missing" error WENT AWAY?! 

    As I said previously, I had problem on both my desktop and laptop with the same PS Version.

    First, my desktop was able to run the load/create a list script without problem.

    Then, I tested all the things I did in between.  I found that after running the above DateTimeExample Script, the "Root Element is missing" error went away.  

    Wednesday, August 21, 2019 6:17 PM
  • The error was correct.  Without a correct datetime it will fail.

    $a1='2014-02-10 12:47:27'

    Don't use parse for this and your issues will go away.  Add error detection and don't proceed when there are errors.

    Most important - learn PowerShell correctly before continuing.  It will save you wasted time and bad guesses.


    Wednesday, August 21, 2019 6:23 PM
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    Friday, September 6, 2019 12:07 PM