Configuration Manager PowerShell - Changing Package Source Location

Today we are going to examine 2 PowerShell CMDLETS that are new to Configuration Manager 2012 SP1. 




As you might have guessed, these two cmdlets allow us to view and modify attributes related to our packages.  These two commands can be extremely useful and powerful.  Let's take a look at this scenario.

You are the Configuration Manager administrator and are working on migrating your packages from CM 2007 to CM 2012.  As you already discovered, your packages must be using the UNC path for their source  files instead of the "local drive on site server".  To support this, you created a share on your CM 2007 Primary Site (Lets call is \\CM07\PKGSRC). 

You have migrated your packages using the CM 2012 Migration Wizard, but their Source path is still located on \\CM07\PKGSRC.  You want to shut down the old server, but to do that, you need to move all the source files.  You have already copied all the data to \\SOURCESVR\PKGSRC but now you need to change all of your packages to the new UNC path. 

If you have a limited number of package, this might not be a problem, but if you have hundreds or thousands of packages, this could be a lot of work.  How can we automate or simplify this process?   PowerShell!


First, you need to launch the Configuration Manger PowerShell provider,


Now with the PowerShell console open, let's run a command that will output all of our packages and the attributes we need to change to a CSV file by executing the following command:

Get-CMPackage | select Name, PackageID, PkgSourcePath | export-csv $home\documents\packages.csv




Let's break down this command line:

Get-CMPackage: This is the Configuration Manager cmdlet that allows us to view details of a package.  Executing this command on its own returns a list of all packages and all of their properties. 

| : This is a BAR character that is used to pass data along the command line.  In this case, we are feeding the select statement in the next step

Select Name, PackageID, PkgSourcePath: Using the select cmdlet (alias for Select-Object) allows us to only query the properties that we need for this particular activity.

|: this is a BAR character that is used to pass data along the command line.  In this case, we are feeding the results of our query to create a CSV file in the next step

Export-CSV: This is a built in cmdlet that allows us to take our data export is to a CSV file



Now we can either open the CSV file with notepad or whatever CSV editor of your choice to view and change the contents.  This is what mine looks like.



You can see we have the Package Name, ID, and Source Path.  Using Find and Replace, I am going to change \\CM07\PKGSRC to


I am also going to remove the data for the package I wish to not change. 




I can now import this these change back into Configuration Manager to update the package using the Set-CMPackage cmdlet.

Import-CSV C:\Users\administrator.corp\Documents\packages.csv | %{Set-CMPackage -id $_.PackageID -Path $_.PkgSourcePath}





Let's break down this command line:

Import-CSV: This cmdlet is used to read the contents of a CSV file.  In this case, our modified Packages export.  Executed stand alone with a CSV file parameter, it will print the results of the CSV file on the screen.

|: this is a BAR character that is used to pass data along the command line.  In this case, we are feeding the CSV file into the next step

%{}: This command is shorthand for the ForEach-Object cmdlet.  It allowed us to execute whatever is in the Curly Brackets {} for each line from the input, in this case are CSV File.

Set-CMPackage -id $_.PackageID -Path $_.PkgSourcePath: There is a lot going on in this line.  The Set-CMPackage cmdlet is the Configuraiton Manager cmdlet that allows us to modify packages.  


In order to modify the package, a unique identifier must be provided.  In this case with use the -id to provide the cmdlet with the PacakgeID we want to update.  Since we are using a ForEach loop, the  _.PackageID command provide the data from the current line of the CSV file and the column we are referencing.  In this case, PackageID.


What we want to set, if the new Package Source location that we updated in the CSV file.  To do this, we need to pass the cmdlet the -Path parameter and we want the current line from the CSV file from  column PKGSourcePath, thus we use $_.PKGSourcePath. 



Now that you have executed the command, you can see the new source folder path updated in the console on the package



These procedures and cmdlets are provided as sample guidance only.  I highly recommend you test them before use in your production environments




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