Somehow I am not able to add a managed metadata column using client side PowerShell script. Here is the code I am using:

#Specify tenant admin and site URL
$User = "-" 
$Password = "-"
$SiteURL = "-"
$GroupName = "People"
$termSetName = "Job Title"
#The name of the MMS Service Application where the Term Set lives
$mmsServiceName = "Managed Metadata Service"
$displayName = "Business Operations_Test"
$fieldGroup = "Columns"

#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"
Add-Type -Path "C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Web Server Extensions\16\ISAPI\Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.Taxonomy.dll"

$Password = Read-Host -Prompt "Please enter your password" -AsSecureString

#Bind to site collection
$Context = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.ClientContext($SiteURL)
$Creds = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.SharePointOnlineCredentials($User,$Password)
$Context.Credentials = $Creds

Write-Host "connected to online"

# Create Taxonomy Session
$taxonomy = GetTaxonomySession($Context)

#Retrieve Term Stores
$TermStores = $MMS.TermStores

#Bind to Term Store
$TermStore = $TermStores[0]

#Bind to Group
$Group = $TermStore.Groups.GetByName($GroupName)

#Bind to Term Set
$TermSet = $Group.TermSets.GetByName($TermSetName)

$web = $Context.Web
 write-Host "Connected to SharePoint Online site: '$mytitle'" -ForegroundColor Green 

$taxonomyField = $web.Fields.CreateNewField("TaxonomyFieldType", $displayName)

  $taxonomyField.SspId = $termSet.TermStore.Id
  $taxonomyField.TermSetId = $termSet.Id
  $taxonomyField.AllowMultipleValues = $true
  $taxonomyField.Group = $fieldGroup
  $taxonomyField.StaticName = "Demo"
  $taxonomyField.ShowInEditForm = $true
  $taxonomyField.ShowInNewForm = $true
  $taxonomyField.Hidden = $false
  $taxonomyField.Required = $false



The problem is:

$taxonomy = GetTaxonomySession($Context) 
#Retrieve Term Stores 
$TermStores = $MMS.TermStores 

When this line is getting executed $MMS.TermStores does not return any values

Can anyone help?

  • And what is your problem? Just don't code dump on us. – Eric Alexander May 3 '16 at 12:19
  • $taxonomy = GetTaxonomySession($Context) $Context.Load($taxonomy) $Context.ExecuteQuery() #Retrieve Term Stores $TermStores = $MMS.TermStores $Context.Load($TermStores) $Context.ExecuteQuery() now when this line are getting executed $MMS.TermStores does not return any values. – Rahul Barua May 3 '16 at 12:22
  • Your $taxonomyField object is not properly cast, so even if your code makes it this far you'll have more problems. – Derek Gusoff May 3 '16 at 21:22

Use the PnP PowerShell CmdLets, and you can do this with one line of code:

Add-SPOTaxonomyField -DisplayName "Region" -InternalName "Region" -TermSetPath "Contoso|Region"



  • This is what i did at last .. thanks for the reply!! – Rahul Barua May 12 '16 at 18:30

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