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This repository contains reusable PowerShell modules used in the uplift project.

The uplift project offers consistent Packer/Vagrant workflows and Vagrant boxes specifically designed for SharePoint professionals. It heavy lifts low-level details of the creation of domain controllers, SQL servers, SharePoint farms and Visual Studio installs by providing a codified workflow using Packer/Vagrant tooling.

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How this works

The uplift project is split into several repositories to address particular a piece of functionality:

The current repository houses reusable PowerShell modules which are used in both Packer builds and Vagrant boxes across the uplift project.

PowerShell modules

Currently, there are several PowerShell modules which live in the root folder:

  • /uplift.core - internal utilities for uplift project automation
  • /invoke-uplift - general purpose downloading tool

While uplift.core module is used for internal automation and should not be used publically, invoke-uplift provides a PowerShell6 module which handles file based routines: downloading files, validating checksum, creating a local repository of all downloaded files, transferring files into Packer/Vagrant VMs.


uplift.core is a PowerShell module which simplifies automation tasks within the uplift project. It can but should not be used publically. For the reference, refer to existing PowerShell scripts and all XXX-UpliftXXX methods used.


invoke-uplift is a PowerShell6 module which simplifies file based routines. It is a general purpose tool and can be used freely to automate file downloads, checksum validation, file service and transferring. It is built with PowerShell 6 which makes it portable across platforms; it works well on Windows and MacBook laptops, and even under Windows 2008.

invoke-uplift is a PowerShell6 module which simplifies file based routines. It is a general purpose tool and can be used freely to automate file downloads, checksum validation, file service and transferring. For example, json configuration can be used to specify which files to download. invoke-uplift will build a local repository with downloaded files which then can be used to serve files locally or uploaded to Azure/AWS storages.

This module is an essential part of the uplift project. We rely heavily on its automation to download and build local repository containing all ISOs, installation media, service packs and patches. Refer to following commands to get started:

Installing Invoke-Uplift

# subpointsolutions-staging on

# register 'subpointsolutions-staging' repository
Register-PSRepository -Name "subpointsolutions-staging" -SourceLocation ""

# install module under PowerShell 6
pwsh -c 'Install-Module -Name "InvokeUplift" -Repository "subpointsolutions-staging"'

Using Invoke-Uplift

# don't forget to switch to pwsh or use pwsh -c 'my-command' all the time

# default run, version and help
invoke-uplift version
invoke-uplift help

Listing and downloading default resource

Invoke-Uplift provides more than a hundred file resources which can be used straight away. These are SharePoint media, ISOs, service packs, updates, parches and others.

invoke-uplift resource list

Once you know which resource to download, use resource name with resource download command:

# download resource by name
invoke-uplift resource download 7z-1805-x64
invoke-uplift resource download 7z-1805-x64

# download resource by name match, wildcard is used
invoke-uplift resource download 7z-

By default, invoke-uplift downloads files into uplift-local-repository folder within the directory where it was run. This can be changes by using -r or -repository option:

# download resource into a local folder
invoke-uplift resource download 7z-1805-x64 -r c:/my-files-repository

# download resources into a local folder
invoke-uplift resource download 7z-1805-x64 -repository c:/my-files-repository

Default resource provides by invoke-uplift can be found in the source code:

  • uplift-powershell\invoke-uplift\src\resource-files
 - 7z-1805-x64
 - 7z-1805-x86
 - hashicorp-packer-1.3.3-win
 - hashicorp-packer-1.3.3-darwin
 - hashicorp-packer-1.3.2-win
 - hashicorp-packer-1.3.2-darwin
 - hashicorp-vagrant-2.2.3-win
 - hashicorp-vagrant-2.2.3-osx
 - hashicorp-vagrant-2.2.2-win
 - hashicorp-vagrant-2.2.2-osx
 - hashicorp-vagrant-2.1.0-win
 - hashicorp-vagrant-2.1.0-osx
 - jetbrains-resharper-ultimate-2018.3.1
 - jetbrains-resharper-ultimate-2018.1.2
 - ms-dynamics-crm2016-server
 - ms-sharepoint2013-foundation
 - ms-sharepoint2013-rtm
 - ms-sharepoint2016-fp2
 - ms-sharepoint2016-rtm
 - ms-sharepoint2016-lang-pack-ar-sa
 - ms-sharepoint2016-lang-pack-cs-cz
 - ms-sharepoint2016-lang-pack-da-dk
 - ms-sharepoint2016-lang-pack-en-us
 - ms-sharepoint2016-lang-pack-de-de
 - ms-sharepoint2016-lang-pack-fr-fr
 - ms-sharepoint2016-lang-pack-fi-fi
 - ms-sharepoint2016-lang-pack-nl-nl
 - ms-sharepoint2016-lang-pack-he-il
 - ms-sharepoint2016-lang-pack-hi-in
 - ms-sharepoint2016-lang-pack-kk-kz
 - ms-sharepoint2016-lang-pack-it-it
 - ms-sharepoint2016-lang-pack-lv-lv
 - ms-sharepoint2016-lang-pack-pl-pl
 - ms-sharepoint2016-lang-pack-ru-ru
 - ms-sharepoint2016-lang-pack-ro-ro
 - ms-sharepoint2016-lang-pack-es-es
 - ms-sharepoint2016-lang-pack-sv-se
 - ms-sharepoint2016-lang-pack-uk-ua
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2016.11.08-KB3127940
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2016.11.08-KB3127942
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2016.12.13-KB3128014
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2016.12.13-KB3128017
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2017.01.10-KB3141486
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2017.01.10-KB3141487
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2017.02.14-KB3141515
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2017.02.21-KB3141517
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2017.03.14-KB3178672
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2017.03.14-KB3178675
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2017.04.11-KB3178718
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2017.04.11-KB3178721
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2017.05.09-KB3191880
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2017.05.09-KB3191884
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2017.06.13-KB3203432
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2017.06.13-KB3203433
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2017.07.11-KB3213544
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2017.07.11-KB3213543
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2017.08.08-KB4011049
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2017.08.08-KB4011053
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2017.09.12-KB4011127
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2017.09.12-KB4011112
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2017.10.10-KB4011217
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2017.10.10-KB4011161
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2017.11.14-KB4011244
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2017.11.14-KB4011243
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2017.12.12-KB4011576
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2017.12.12-KB4011578
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2018.01.09-KB4011642
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2018.01.09-KB4011645
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2018.02.13-KB4011680
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2018.03.13-KB4018293
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2018.03.13-KB4011687
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2018.04.10-KB4018336
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2018.04.10-KB4018340
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2018.05.08-KB4018381
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2018.05.08-KB4018386
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2018.06.12-KB4022173
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2018.06.12-KB4022178
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2018.07.10-KB4022228
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2018.08.14-KB4032256
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2018.08.14-KB4022231
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2018.09.11-KB4092459
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2018.10.09-KB4461447
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2018.10.09-KB4092463
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2018.11.13-KB4461501
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2018.12.11-KB4461541
 - ms-sharepoint2016-update-2019.01.08-KB4461598
 - ms-sharepoint-designer-x32
 - ms-sharepoint-designer-x64
 - ms-sql-server2012-sp2
 - ms-sql-server2014-sp2
 - ms-sql-server2016-rtm
 - ms-sql-server-management-studio-17.04
 - ms-visualstudio-2013.5.ent
 - ms-visualstudio-2013.4.ent
 - ms-visualstudio-2015.3.ent
 - ms-visualstudio-2015.2.ent
 - ms-visualstudio-2017.ent-installer
 - ms-visualstudio-2017.ent-dist-office-dev
 - ms-win2012r2-kb-dotnet46-KB3045557
 - ms-win2012r2-kb-2014.03-KB2919442
 - ms-win2012r2-kb-2014.04-KB2919355
 - ms-win-2016-iso-x64-eval
 - ms-win2016-lcu-2018.05.17-KB4103720
 - ms-win2016-lcu-2018.06.21-KB4284833
 - ms-win2016-lcu-2018.06.12-KB4284880
 - ms-win2016-lcu-2018.07.30-KB4346877
 - ms-win2016-lcu-2018.07.24-KB4338822
 - ms-win2016-lcu-2018.07.16-KB4345418
 - ms-win2016-lcu-2018.07.16-KB4338814
 - ms-win2016-lcu-2018.08.30-KB4343884
 - ms-win2016-lcu-2018.08.14-KB4343887
 - ms-win2016-lcu-2018.09.20-KB4457127
 - ms-win2016-lcu-2018.09.11-KB4457131
 - ms-win2016-lcu-2018.10.18-KB4462928
 - ms-win2016-lcu-2018.10.09-KB4462917
 - ms-win2016-lcu-2018.11.27-KB4467684
 - ms-win2016-lcu-2018.11.13-KB4467691
 - ms-win2016-lcu-2018.12.19-KB4483229
 - ms-win2016-lcu-2018.12.11-KB4471321
 - ms-win2016-lcu-2018.12.03-KB4478877
 - ms-win2016-lcu-2019.01.17-KB4480977
 - ms-win2016-lcu-2019.01.08-KB4480961
 - ms-win2016-ssu-2018.05.17-KB4132216
 - oracle-virtual-box-5.2.18-win
 - oracle-virtual-box-5.2.18-osx

Authoring custom file resources

By default, invoke-uplift looks for *.resource.json files within its PowerShell module folder and two levels within the current directory on where it was run. These *.resource.json files are where file resources are defined.

Such behaviour makes it easy to author project-specific file resources. invoke-uplift sees all resources defined within the current folder and two levels deep.

For example, create my-files.resource.json file as follows:

  "resources": [
      "id": "my-7z-1805-x64",
      "uri": "",

      "checksum": "C1E42D8B76A86EA1890AD080E69A04C75A5F2C0484BDCD838DC8FA908DD4A84C",
      "checksum_type": "SHA256",
      "metadata": {
        "help_link": ""
      "id": "my-7z-1805-x86",
      "uri": "",

      "checksum": "647A9A621162CD7A5008934A08E23FF7C1135D6F1261689FD954AA17D50F9729",
      "checksum_type": "SHA256",
      "metadata": {
        "help_link": ""

Once done, list and download resources as usual:

# list resources
invoke-uplift resource list my- 

# download resources
invoke-uplift resource download my- -r c:/my-files-repository
invoke-uplift resource download 7z-1805-x64 -repository c:/my-files-repository

Forced file download

By default, files are downloaded with checksum verification. Assuming that the first download was successful, consequent downloading won't download anything. That makes downloading experience fast.

Sometimes we need to re-download files overriding existing ones. It can be done with -f or -force flag:

# list resources
invoke-uplift resource list my- 

# force download resources
invoke-uplift resource download my- -r c:/my-files-repository -f
invoke-uplift resource download 7z-1805-x64 -repository c:/my-files-repository -force

Debug trace level

By default, invoke-uplift reports only important information. Debug trace can be enabled with -d or -debug flag:

# list resources
invoke-uplift resource list my -d

# force download resources
invoke-uplift resource download my- -r c:/my-files-repository -f -d
invoke-uplift resource download 7z-1805-x64 -repository c:/my-files-repository -force -d

Local development workflow

Local development automation uses Invoke-Build based tasks

To get started, get the latest dev branch or fork the repo on the GitHub:

# get the source code
git clone
cd subpointsolutions-docs

# checkout the dev branch
git checkout dev

# make sure we are on dev branch
git status

# optionally, pull the latest
git pull

Local development experience consists of Invoke-Build tasks. Two main files are .build.ps1 and .build-helpers.ps1. Use the following tasks to get started and refer to Invoke-Build documentation for additional help.

Change the current directory to the corresponding PowerShell module and run the following commands:

# show available tasks
invoke-build ?

# invoke default build
invoke-build DefaultBuild

# invoke QA automation
invoke-build QA

# deploy/publish module
invoke-build ReleaseModule

Feature requests, support and contributions

All contributions are welcome. If you have an idea, create a new GitHub issue. Feel free to edit existing content and make a PR for this as well.

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