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Re-activating web features within web application

One of my projects is a huge SharePoint 2013 On-Premise platform with 200.000+ (sub) sites. I’ve created a custom web template to ensure all sites are created the same way, with the same settings. A web template works very well for these environments, but when you update the template, the changes will not be made in all existing sites. The web template will only be applied when creating new sites.

I will not throw away all sites when we have new updates to re-create the sites, but I will re-active certain features to ensure the updates are applied.

The script I’m using is as followed:

# Add SharePoint PowerShell Snapin 
if ( (Get-PSSnapin -Name Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue) -eq $null ) {
    Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.Powershell

# Set variables 
$webApplicationUrl = http://veemssdev02”
$featureIds = @(“e4acfa03-b1e6-4eed-aeab-1bd17551aa59”,“Macaw.SP2013.Intranet.InSite_AddDefaultPage_Web”

# Reactivate features 
Get-SPWebApplication -Identity $webApplicationUrl | get-spsite -Limit all | get-spweb -Limit all | ForEach-Object {
    write-host ([string]::Format(“Testing web {0} [{1}]”, $_.Title, $_.Url))

    foreach($featureId in $featureIds) {
        $feature = $_.Features | where {$_.DefinitionId -eq $featureId -or $_.Definition.DisplayName -eq $featureId}
        if($feature -ne $null) {
            write-host ([string]::Format(“`t- Feature {0} ({1}) found. Re-enabling the feature.”, $feature.Definition.DisplayName, $feature.DefinitionId))
           write-host “`t`t- Disabling feature”
            Disable-SPFeature -Identity $featureId -Url $_.Url -Confirm:$false
            write-host “`t`t- Enabling feature”
            Enable-SPFeature -Identity $featureId -Url $_.Url -Confirm:$false -force

When you do not want to re-activate features, but want to enable new features, you can simply use the same code, but remove the feature check (if($feature
-ne $null)
) and the Disable-SPFeature.

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