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We are using PnP powershell which works as expected. However, sometimes we face an exception intermittently with the error as given below. The PnP powershell script line is

Connect-PnPOnline -Url $DestinationSite -Credential (Get-Credential)

We are able to fix if we reinstall PnP module again. But what is the reason this issue keeps appearing intermittently?

**Connect-PnPOnline : The 'Connect-PnPOnline' command was found in the module 'SharePointPnPPowerShellOnline', but the module could not be loaded. For more information, run 'Import-Module SharePointPnPPowerShellOnline'. At C:\MyMigScript\04a StartOneDriveMigration.ps1:82 char:21 + Connect-PnPOnline ` + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ + CategoryInfo : ObjectNotFound: (Connect-PnPOnline:String) [], CommandNotFoundException + FullyQualifiedErrorId : CouldNotAutoloadMatchingModule

Could not load type 'Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.SearchBoxInNavBarType' from assembly 'Microsoft.SharePoint.Client, Version=16.1.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c'. Connect-PnPOnline : The 'Connect-PnPOnline' command was found in the module 'SharePointPnPPowerShellOnline', but the module could not be loaded. For more information, run 'Import-Module SharePointPnPPowerShellOnline'. At C:\MyMigScript\04a StartOneDriveMigration.ps1:82 char:21 + Connect-PnPOnline ` + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ + CategoryInfo : ObjectNotFound: (Connect-PnPOnline:String) [], CommandNotFoundException + FullyQualifiedErrorId : CouldNotAutoloadMatchingModule

Could not load type 'Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.SearchBoxInNavBarType' from assembly 'Microsoft.SharePoint.Client, Version=16.1.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c'. Connect-PnPOnline : The 'Connect-PnPOnline' command was found in the module 'SharePointPnPPowerShellOnline', but the module could not be loaded. For more information, run 'Import-Module SharePointPnPPowerShellOnline'. At C:\MyMigScript\04a StartOneDriveMigration.ps1:82 char:21 + Connect-PnPOnline ` + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ + CategoryInfo : ObjectNotFound: (Connect-PnPOnline:String) [], CommandNotFoundException + FullyQualifiedErrorId : CouldNotAutoloadMatchingModule**

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  • You have an environment issue, or a problem with your script. If you just open the shell and run the command with no arguments, does it prompt you for the url and credentials? Do a little more troubleshooting and provide some more info on how you're running the script. – Derek Gusoff Jan 3 '20 at 13:52
  • @DerekGusoff - we face the error while also running the command Import-Module SharePointPnPPowerShellOnline. If we open a new session and try it after sometime it then works! Not sure what is the root cause of it though. Do you have any suggestions/pointers? – Avi Jan 5 '20 at 4:30
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Did you solve this issue? I came across the same issue with my codes. Finally, I found the way to solve it.

I am working on ASP.Net website which contain codes using PowerShell PnP to manipulate SharePoint. First I build a very simple website only containing the codes using PowerShell PnP. It works very good. Then I put these codes back to my old website which contain other codes using SharePoint CSOM, I got exactly the same error as you did.

I tried many different ways and found that it was due to the SharePoint CSOM. I updated the NuGet package of SharepointOnline.CSOM (See below image) to the latest version, that is the 16.1.20616.12000. Then the PowerShell PnP works perfectly fine!

So you could have a try!

Well, in case the image won't show up, I wrote the NuGet package here:

Microsoft.SharepointOnline.CSOM distrubuted by Microsoft

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