So, I'm trying to create pages via powershell, script below:

 # Get the SiteURL
 $SiteUrl = "https://MySiteCollectionURL"

 # Get the WebURL
 $WebUrl = "https://MyWebURL"

 # Get the PageLayout
 $PageLayoutRelUrl = "/_catalogs/masterpage/CustomPageLayout.aspx"

 # Get the Page URL
 $PageName = "Test.aspx"

 # Get the Title of the Page which is going to get created
 $PageTitle = "Test"

 # Initialize the Site Object
 $Site = Get-SPSite($SiteUrl)

 # Get the Publishing Site based on the SPSite
 $PubSite = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing.PublishingSite($Site)

 # Get the SPWeb Object
 $Web = Get-SPWeb $WebUrl

 # Initialize the PublishingWeb based on the SPWeb
 $PubWeb = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing.PublishingWeb]::GetPublishingWeb($Web)

 # Get the PageLayouts Installed on the Publishing Site
 $Layouts = $PubSite.GetPageLayouts($False)

 # Get our PageLayout
 $PageLayout = $Layouts[$PageLayoutRelUrl]

 # Create a new publishing page.
 $Page = $PubWeb.AddPublishingPage($PageName, $PageLayout)

 # Assign the Title for the Page
 $Page.Title = $PageTitle

 # Update the Page

 # Check in the Page with Comments
 $Page.CheckIn("Test Comment")

 # Publish the Page With Comments
 $Page.ListItem.File.Publish("Test Publish Comment")

Every time it gets to the AddPublishingPage command, it crashes out with the error:

Exception calling "AddPublishingPage" with "2" argument(s): "Access is denied. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80070005 (E_ACCESSDENIED))"

I have the 'shell window running as administrator, I'm a farm admin, and my account can create pages though the browser.

What gives?

  • Do you have access to the content Database ? Commented Jan 28, 2019 at 15:49
  • Yeah, I'm basically a top-level admin on every area of the SharePoint farm. I'm wondering if I've set the Publishing site up wrong or something? Commented Jan 28, 2019 at 16:36

1 Answer 1


Check below two things:

  1. You need to use "SharePoint 2013 Management Shell", not using "Windows PowerShell".

  2. Make sure you have a CustomPageLayout.aspx file in "Master Page Gallery" library. If not, using "BlankPageLayout.aspx".

Also you need to make sure you can access "Master Page Gallery" library

  • imp. - thanks for the tip - realised that the relative URL for the masterpages gallery was for the site, while my custom page was in the root site! stoopid... All fixed. ;) Commented Jan 29, 2019 at 12:22

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