I have been trying to create multiple Document Sets using Powershell from a csv file.

The script creates the Document Sets with the correct Name but doesnt set them up with the Metadata needed for the document set.

For example

I am creating 100 document sets - Each with a Unique Name and should have certain properties populated at creation. Project Number Project Lead Porfolio Lead

However i cannot get the 3 fields above to populate in the Respective Columns even though they are part of the content type for the Document Set.

$csv = import-csv C:\Projects.csv

#Script settings
$webUrl = "http://spprojects/"
$listName = "New Doc Set"

### Get web and list
$web = Get-SPWeb $webUrl
$list = $web.Lists[$listName]

### Get Document Set Content Type from list
$cType = $list.ContentTypes["MY Doc Set"]

# Create desired number of subfolders
foreach ($line in $csv)
$pn = $line.PorfoiloLead
$PPn = $line.ProjectLead
$name = $line.ProjectNumber
[Hashtable]$docsetProperties = @{}

    $newDocumentSet = [Microsoft.Office.DocumentManagement.DocumentSets.DocumentSet]::Create($list.RootFolder,$Name,$cType.Id, $docsetProperties)
write-host "$name ... created"


I have tried the example script located at http://www.the-north.com/sharepoint/post/Create-Multiple-Document-Sets-with-Powershell and that has the same behaviour of creating the Doc Sets but not importing the data into the columns for the Document set.

However i can see when I look to call the Doc Set Properties that it has been set there - however this is not displaying at all in the Library when i view it in the browser.

Hopefully I'm just having a bad day (or 2) and this is a relatively simple issue.

Thanks in advance

2 Answers 2


Try to create document set first and then user the resulting object to update the metadata.


 $newDocumentSet = [Microsoft.Office.DocumentManagement.DocumentSets.DocumentSet]::Create($list.RootFolder,$Name,$cType.Id, $docsetProperties)

// set properties 

// update item 

  write-host "$name ... created"

I have not tried to execute the powershell but had simple steps through C# code.

  • Hi Monica, I have tried some methods to then update this property including $newDocumentSet.Folder.Properties["PortfolioLead"]=$pN $newDocumentSet.Folder.Update() $list.Update() $web.Update() However this still doesnt force it through when accessing via Browser (although i can see it in the Properties of the Folder when i check this via Powershell) Nov 26, 2014 at 13:01

I found the issue - I have to use the Internal Name for the Field Which in this case was the name1


Once i have included it this was it is now updating as originally required.

  • great you got it working Nov 29, 2014 at 5:10

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