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Create a SharePoint Intranet

Apps and External Link Removal

A PowerShell with SharePoint tutorial

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As a last part in our series PowerShell with SharePoint from Scratch, we offer some articles and demos where Peter Kalmström explains how to create an intranet with three subsites for three departments in a small company. The department names are added to a Departments array, which is the basis for most of the code.

The root site is a HQ site that we created in an earlier article. In the articles before this one, we have created Communication subsites, one for each department, and we have added a common navigation for all sites and also a link to an external link.

In earlier demos Peter has also written code that removes the subsites and the navigation, but the external link on the HQ site is not removed by that code. Therefore, Peter starts the demo below with solving that problem. He also adds all the removal code into a function.

function Remove-All(){
    foreach($Dep in $Departments){
        Remove-PnPWeb -Url $Dep -Force
    $AllNodes = Get-PnPNavigationNode -Location QuickLaunch
    foreach($Node in $AllNodes){
        #$Node = $AllNodes[0]
        if($Node.Title -eq "Pedalling"){
            Remove-PnPNavigationNode  -Identity $Node.Id -Force

After that Peter creates a Photos Picture library and a Tasks list for each of the department subsites. This is something that should be done in the same process as the subsite navigation links, so in the forEach loop that executes that, Peter adds two calls to the Create-MyApp function that he created in an earlier demo.

foreach($Dep in $Departments){
    $CurrWebURL =($URL + "/" + $Dep)
    #Connect to the department site
    Connect-PnPOnline $CurrWebURL 

    #Add apps
    Create-MyApp -ListName "Photos" -AppType PictureLibrary
    Create-MyApp -ListName "Tasks" -AppType Tasks

    foreach($DepSub in $Departments){
        if($Dep -ne $DepSub){
            Add-PnPNavigationNode -Location QuickLaunch -Title $DepSub 
-Url ($URL + "/" + $DepSub)
    Add-PnPNavigationNode -Location QuickLaunch -Title "HQ" 
    PowerShell with SharePoint from Scratch coverAdd-PnPNavigationNode -Location QuickLaunch -Title "Pedalling" 
-Url "https://pedalling.com" -External

You will find more detailed explanations in the book.

Download the script that Peter uses in the demo

In the next article, we will add pages to the subsites and create more functions.

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