We have deployed a wsp using:

Add-SPSolution -LiteralPath $path
install-spsolution -Identity $solution  -GACDeployment -Force

This wsp has 2 features, one scoped at application level (FeatureA) and one scoped at site collection level (FeatureB). Both can be seen and activated/deactivated from the respective UI's.

I would like to know how to activate them via powershell.

I tried:

Enable-SPFeature -identity "FeatureB" -confirm:$false -url $oUrl

Gives error as:

Enable-spfeature : The Feature is not a Farm Level Feature and is not found in a Site level defined by the Url http://dewswift:7676/. At line:1 char:1 + Enable-spfeature -identity "FeatureB" -confirm:$f ... + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ + CategoryInfo : InvalidData: (Microsoft.Share...etEnableFeature:SPCmdletEnableFeature) [Enable-SPFeature], SPCmdletException + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell.SPCmdletEnableFeature

  • are you working with sharepoint online? – Salvatore Di Fazio Apr 7 '14 at 12:21
  • no the in house intranet, not sharepoint online – variable Apr 7 '14 at 12:23

First check if the feature is installed using Scope and then try to activate it like:

$Feature = Get-SPFeature -Identity $FeatureID -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
If ($Feature.Scope -eq [Microsoft.SharePoint.SPFeatureScope]::WebApplication)
    $Feature = Get-SPFeature -Identity $FeatureID -WebApplication $SiteUrl -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    Enable-SPFeature -Identity $FeatureID -Url $SiteUrl  -Confirm:$false 
ElseIf ($Feature.Scope -eq [Microsoft.SharePoint.SPFeatureScope]::Site)
    $Feature = Get-SPFeature -Identity $FeatureID -Site $SiteUrl -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    Enable-SPFeature -Identity $FeatureID -Url $SiteUrl  -Confirm:$false 
  • How to get FeatureID – variable Apr 7 '14 at 12:32
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    It is present in Feature manifest file. – Nadeem Yousuf-AIS Apr 7 '14 at 12:38
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    within the IF loop why have you used $Feature = Get-SPFeature -Identity $FeatureID -WebApplication $SiteUrl -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue? – variable Apr 8 '14 at 4:32

This has happened to me when I try to enable a feature from a SharePoint server that does not have the SharePoint service running: Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Web Application . The web sites are not hosted on IIS on these servers and the layouts folder do not have the features deployed to them! A common practice is to turn off the Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Web Application on a dedicate APP/Central admin server. But then you cannot enable features.

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