Modifying SharePoint Calendar via Powershell

First off, you’ll need the SharePoint Client Components for your appropriate version of SharePoint. For myself, I needed the 2013 version available here

In order to be able to reference the Sharepoint Client objects, you’ll need to load the assemblies:

# Import Sharepoint client Assemblies
$null = [System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("Microsoft.sharepoint.client")
$null = [System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("Microsoft.sharepoint.client.runtime")

Next, we’ll create a client object, load the site, site credentials and the site lists (Since Calendars are really just Sharepoint lists with a defined display)

# Connect to Site and get site lists
$ctx = New-object Microsoft.Sharepoint.client.clientcontext $siteurl
$web = $ctx.Web
$CredCache = New-object
$credcache.Add((New-Object system.uri $siteURL), "NTLM", [System.Net.CredentialCache]::DefaultNetworkCredentials)
$ctx.credentials = $credcache

There are a couple things to note here.
1. The CredCache portion may not be necessary for your Sharepoint installation. For myself, it was necessary for me to be able to for the NTLM authentication. Otherwise, see the links below for other authentication methods.
2. Note that this isn’t acting like nice .NET objects. In order for you to populate the properties of each object, you must use the client context object to load the properties. Then you need to send this request to the server. What actually defines what properties are available, or which properties need special load commands are still somewhat of a mystery to me.

Next we’ll get the Sharepoint calendar we are interested in and get all the items in the list.

# Get Patching calendar and items
$cal = $web.lists.getbytitle('Name of your Sharepoint calendar here')
$query = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.CamlQuery]::CreateAllItemsQuery(1000)
$items = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.ListItemCollection]$cal.GetItems($query)

Notice that in order to get the items in the calendar, we need to use the load and executequery methods twice (once for each action)

Next, I wanted to delete all calendar entries newer than today and older than 30 days

Foreach($i in ($items | %{$_.FieldValues.ID})){
    $listitem = $items.GetById($i)
    $datediff = ($Today - [datetime]$listitem.FieldValues.EventDate).totaldays 
    if(($dateDiff -gt 30) -or ($datediff -lt 0)){


Since the previous code block had already loaded the $Items object, we can check the FieldValues.ID property of the object. We’ll iterate through each ID of calendar entries and check if we want to delete them. Note, however that if we did ForEach($item in $items) $items would no longer be valid once we deleted the first item. This is because $items will have changed. This is why we are iterating through an array of IDs rather than the objects themselves. Also worth mentioning, all of the fields of the listitem are availale in $listItem.FieldValues but only after you load the load($listitem) and executequery() methods. After this is complete we can do a date comparison and delete the listitem from the calendar.

Next, we’ll add a new list item

$listCreationInformation = New-object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.ListItemCreationInformation
$listitem = $cal.AddItem($listCreationInformation)
$listitem.ParseAndSetFieldValue('Title', "Title of your new event")
$listitem.ParseAndSetFieldValue('Description', "Description of your new event")
$listitem.ParseAndSetFieldValue('EventDate', $startTime)
$listitem.ParseAndSetFieldValue('EndDate', $endTime)

If you are looking for field names to use when setting your values, it can be useful to query an item in the list:

$items = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.ListItemCollection]$cal.GetItems($query)

If you are looking for more information on editing Sharepoint with Powershell, I highly recommend the following resources. Each of these provided a portion of understanding to what I have laid out above. These links however unfortunately do not cover parsing through entries in the list or the NTLM authentication mechanism that was required for my environment:


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