Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Deploy Administrator Approved Forms - InfoPath 2010

Administrator-approved form templates

Administrator-approved form templates are available to any site collection on the SharePoint site and can contain code that requires full trust. They are individually verified, uploaded, and activated by a SharePoint site administrator. Administrator-approved form templates are maintained in a special document library that can be accessed only by administrators.

Deploy administrator-approved form templates

To deploy an administrator-approved form template, you must complete three actions after the form template has been designed: verify, upload, and activate. These steps can either be performed through the command-line interface or through the Central Administration site. You can upload a form template by using the Publishing Wizard in the InfoPath program, using the command line on a server running InfoPath Forms Services in the farm to which the form template will be deployed, or by using the Central Administration interface.
To deploy the form using central admin you can refer
Using central admin method we can deploy one form at a time but if we need to deply many forms this process takes lot of time and effort. So I tried to automate this process using powershell. I have wrote a small powershell script to deploy these forms.
# Set the required variables
$siteURL = "
$publishingDirectory = "Source file location"
$settingsFile = "$publishingDirectory\InfoPathFormsList.txt"
$category = "My Category"
function Show-Progress([string]$activity, [string]$status, [int]$count)
if ($count % 4 -eq 1) {write-progress -activity $activity -status $status " _" ;}
if ($count % 4 -eq 2) {write-progress -activity $activity -status $status " \" }
if ($count % 4 -eq 3) {write-progress -activity $activity -status $status " |" }
if ($count % 4 -eq 0) {write-progress -activity $activity -status $status " /" }
foreach ($i in Get-Content -Path $settingsFile)
$formLocation = "$publishingDirectory\$i.xsn"
# Deactivate the InfoPath form
Write-Output "Deactivate " $i
Disable-SPInfoPathFormTemplate -Identity $i -Site $siteURL -ErrorAction:SilentlyContinue
# uninstall the InfoPath form
Write-Output "Uninstalling " $i
$formTemplate = Get-SPInfoPathFormTemplate -Identity $i -ErrorAction:SilentlyContinue
if ($formTemplate -ne $null)
Uninstall-SPInfoPathFormTemplate -Identity $i -ErrorAction:SilentlyContinue
$percent = 1
while ($formTemplate -ne $null -and $formTemplate.FormTemplateStatus -eq "Removing")
if ($count -eq 100) {$count = 0;}
write-progress -activity "Uninstalling $i" -status "Removing" -percentcomplete (++$count);
$formTemplate = Get-SPInfoPathFormTemplate -Identity $i -ErrorAction:SilentlyContinue;
write-progress -activity "Uninstalling $i" -status "Removing" -percentcomplete 100;
# Verify the InfoPath form
#Write-Output "Verifying " $i
#Test-SPInfoPathFormTemplate -Path $formLocation
# Upload the InfoPath form
Write-Output "Uploading " $i
Install-SPInfoPathFormTemplate -Path $formLocation -Confirm:$false
# Activate the InfoPath form
Write-Output "Activating " $i
Enable-SPInfoPathFormTemplate -Identity $i -Site $siteURL
# Modify the category of the form
Set-SPInfoPathFormTemplate -Identity $i -Category $category

To use this script

1. Copy this script in a notepad.
2. Change $siteURL =
3. Create a folder sourcesFiles and paste your InfoPath form template (.xsn) files in it.
4. Enter your source folder path in $publishingDirectory = "Source folder path"
5. Save this notepad text as PowerShell script (myScript.ps1).
6. Create a InfoPathFormsList.txt file in the same folder and write all InfoPath form template names (i.e. myTemplate.xsn) in it.
7. Open SharePoint 2010 management shell and run this PowerShell script