I was trying to use the Data Importer to import a csv of data templates. I get the following error:

New-Item : The type is not a known type for the file system. Only "file","directory" or "symboliclink" can be specified.

Any help is much appreciated.

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This issue is a known bug and was reported with issue 1152. Scheduled to be released with SPE 6.1.

The quickest way to get a fix is to apply the following changes to the script:

/sitecore/system/Modules/PowerShell/Script Library/SPE/Tools/Data Management/Toolbox/Data Management/Data Importer

#Old Value
$itemPath = "$($destinationNode.ItemPath)/$($row.Name)"

#New Value
$itemPath = "$($destinationNode.ProviderPath)\$($row.Name)"

Alternatively, you can copy all of the script from the yml on the master branch as it addresses some other issues as well.

  • This worked great the only issue now is on import only the name field takes data. Am I missing anything here.
    – James
    Jan 22, 2020 at 1:18
  • There is an issue with mapping to the template.
    – James
    Jan 22, 2020 at 17:02
  • If possible please submit an issue here with steps to reproduce. github.com/SitecorePowerShell/Console/issues Jan 22, 2020 at 17:20
  • Thank you Michael I have submitted 1165.
    – James
    Jan 22, 2020 at 19:18

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