Microsoft cloud engineer - SharePoint, Office 365, Azure, DotNet, Angular, JavaScript.
Microsoft cloud engineer - SharePoint, Office 365, Azure, DotNet, Angular, JavaScript.

November 2016

What’s in that patch? November 2016

NOTE – PDF format updated to include both SharePoint 2013 and 2016 notes.


Ever wondered what fixes are inside of a given CU?   Please see attached PDF with full detail. I wanted a new format for easy reading.   Show management and make the business case for why downtime should be taken to apply CUs.  Also posted at

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What’s in that patch – Nov 2016.PDF

PowerShell – Create SharePoint Alert remotely (CSOM)

I want to migrate user alerts to Office 365 from SharePoint 2013 on-prem and was surprised to learn there is no client side API for creating Alerts.   Not SOAP, not REST, nothing but the web browser ASPX web form GUI.

So I took Fiddler and inspected the HTTP POST traffic when you click “OK” on the SharePoint “SubNew.aspx” page in the browser.   Lots of great detail!    You can see all the ASPX web form controls and internal values.   Clicking the “OK” button posts that event back to the server side Dot Net for processing with Request Digest, ViewState, and lots of cool stuff.

So …. could we simulate sending that same HTTP traffic?   From somewhere else?    Like PowerShell??    That’d be awesome!


Below is the working concept. PowerShell function with a handful of sample calls. Immediate alert, Daily, Weekly scheduled, etc. With various recipients and filters. Enjoy! 






Code  (CreateSPAlert.ps1)

Function CreateSPAlert($webURL, $listID, $userLogin, $userDisplayName, $alertTitle, $changeType, $sendAlertsFor, $whenToSend, $whenToSendDay, $whenToSendTime) {

    ASPNet WebForm Input Values

    -1 All changes
     1 New items are added
     2 Existing items are modified
     4 Items are deleted

    0 'Anything changes'
    1 ''
    2 ''
    3 ''

    0 immediate
    1 daily
    2 weekly

    0 Sunday
    1 Monday
    2 Tuesday
    3 Wednesday
    4 Thursday
    5 Friday
    6 Saturday

    12:00 AM
    1:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    11:00 PM

    # Convert parameters
    switch ($sendAlertsFor) {
        '1' {$sendAlertsFor=''}
        '2' {$sendAlertsFor=''}
        '3' {$sendAlertsFor=''}
        default {$sendAlertsFor='Anything changes'}

    # List Scope
    $url = "$webURL/_layouts/15/SubNew.aspx?List=$listID"
    $fields = Invoke-WebRequest -Uri $url -UseDefaultCredentials -UseBasicParsing  | select -ExpandProperty inputfields | select name, value

    # HTTP POST Body WeBforms
    $postParams = @{
    '__REQUESTDIGEST' = ($fields|? {$_.Name -eq '__REQUESTDIGEST'}).Value;
    '__VIEWSTATE'=($fields|? {$_.Name -eq '__VIEWSTATE'}).Value;
    '__EVENTVALIDATION'=($fields|? {$_.Name -eq '__EVENTVALIDATION'}).Value;
	# Append if needed
	if ($whenToSendDay) {
	if ($whenToSendTime) {

    # Execute HTTP
    $response = Invoke-WebRequest -Uri $url -WebSession RequestForm -Method POST -Body $postParams -ContentType 'application/x-www-form-urlencoded' -UseBasicParsing

# Main
$start = Get-Date

# Create SP alerts
CreateSPAlert 'http://sharepoint/sites/test' '%7B0D568A08%2DD7AA%2D405B%2DADE1%2DF324216C0272%7D' 'i:0#.w|company\\jsmith' 'John Smith' 'Documents' '-1' 'Anything changes' '0'

CreateSPAlert 'http://sharepoint/sites/test' '%7B0D568A08%2DD7AA%2D405B%2DADE1%2DF324216C0272%7D' 'i:0#.w|company\\jsmith' 'John Smith' 'Documents' '4' 'Anything changes' '0'

CreateSPAlert 'http://sharepoint/sites/test' '%7B0D568A08%2DD7AA%2D405B%2DADE1%2DF324216C0272%7D' 'i:0#.w|company\\jsmith' 'John Smith' 'Daily-Documents' '4' 'Anything changes' '1' '0' '7:00 PM'

CreateSPAlert 'http://sharepoint/sites/test' '%7B0D568A08%2DD7AA%2D405B%2DADE1%2DF324216C0272%7D' 'i:0#.w|company\\jsmith' 'John Smith' 'Weekly-Documents' '4' 'Anything changes' '2' '5' '5:00 PM'

# Run duration
$end = (Get-Date) - $start
$ms = $end.TotalMilliseconds
"$ms MS duration"




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