I want to set a ListItem value with PowerShell (SP2013).

As the following screenshot shows, I (the current user) have Full Control for this list. However, I cannot edit any field value. The value for "GITVersion" is just an example, the same applies to all other fields.

I checked, that the same user can edit when logged in over the web frontend. I tried other methods to set the value with no success, e.g. ValidateParseAndSet-function for the corresponding field like $versioninfoGit.Fields["GITVersion"].ValidateParseAndSet(.., "Anything")

What is wrong or how to find out?

PowerShell screenshot


In order to be able to try various users when accessing the web and list, I tried Invoke-Command for farm, service and other accounts with the result that the part $web = Get-SPWeb http://SharePoint of the script block fails. According to the exception, the farm is not available.

Lacking other clues, I am guessing a weird permission problem as root cause. But then, I would suspect critical messages in the server logs, exceptions during execution, or at least issues when working with the frontend - none of it.


Note that I am able to delete and create items. I also found out (meanwhile) that I can edit those list items I have created with PS, even when the list was re-read in from a new $web = Get-SPWeb http//sharepoint Those existing items where I cannot edit were created by a "real user" in the frontend.

  • Kindly check the answer here...sharepoint.stackexchange.com/questions/25466/…
    – Hardik
    Jul 5, 2016 at 10:23
  • I did, but the initial New-SPAssignment, using and stopping it when done does not change my result. And apart from that, the method shown seems analogous to mine. Let me know if I am wrong!
    – StefG
    Jul 6, 2016 at 4:53
  • You are refetching the list item on each row! Fetch it once and store it in a variable, set the field value on that stored object and call Update() on it Jul 7, 2016 at 6:46

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May be users can only edit their own items. There is a setting somewhere ( see for example here: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/26510951/sharepoint-2013-list-users-only-view-their-own-items )

  • After searching somewhere, I found those settings. In my case, all users are allowed to see and edit everything.
    – StefG
    Jul 12, 2016 at 7:05

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