I had a request from some co-workers to build them a PowerShell to search sites for instances of text that is not accessible so they can replace it. Specifically NA or N/A.

I have a PowerShell working after doing some research. The issue is that the sites are from the entire SharePoint tenant instead of just the site and its subsites to keep things at a smaller level and easier to manage and tackle the script is below. How can I restrict the search to just be the site and its subsites.

I've removed the full URL for reasons. I tried to first restrict it to just the site pages library and then further using the SiteId but results were still the same.

$keyword='N/A OR NA'  
## Connect to SharePoint Online site  
Connect-PnPOnline -Url $url -Interactive 
## Executes an arbitrary search query against the SharePoint search index  
$results=Submit-PnPSearchQuery -Query $keyword -Refiners "contentclass:0x01010007F4C7534B47E89A77154B10AD7C7C4372 SiteId:{redacted}
## Get the results in the hash table  
foreach($resultRow in $results.ResultRows)  
    $obj=New-Object PSObject  
    $resultRow.GetEnumerator()| ForEach-Object{ $obj | Add-Member Noteproperty $_.Key $_.Value}  
## Export to CSV  
$hashtable | export-csv $outputFilePath -NoTypeInformation  
## Disconnect the context  

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You can use try using Path property in your search query to limit search results to specific SharePoint site.

For example:

$results=Submit-PnPSearchQuery -Query "N/A OR NA Path:https://myCompany.sharepoint.com/teams/humanresources"

Reference: How to recognise the differance between a "News Post" and a "Page" programmatically with PowerShell?

Documentation: Submit-PnPSearchQuery

  • Awesome I will definitely give this a try. While it works if I dont restrict it somehow it just runs forever as we have a ton of sites and I want to make it as easy as possible to just go site by site.
    – OMGDrAcula
    Commented Mar 29 at 12:22
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    Sure, let me know if it works for you. Commented Mar 29 at 12:24
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    Check this docs for query building: Building search queries in SharePoint and Keyword Query Language (KQL) syntax reference. Commented Mar 29 at 12:42
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    Awesome I will take a look thank you soo much!
    – OMGDrAcula
    Commented Mar 29 at 12:45
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    I updated my script to do "NA" after reading some documentation which I believe should treat NA as a word. Than you again so much for your help!
    – OMGDrAcula
    Commented Mar 29 at 13:37

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