I was trying to set up a CI/CD according to the documentation, where I planned to trigger a Creative Exchange Import via Sitecore Powershell Extensions Web Api.


I am currently running Sitecore 9.3 on Azure PaaS and Sitecore Powershell Extensions 6.0

I tracked the error down to a script, that came with SXA: /sitecore/system/Modules/PowerShell/Script Library/SXA/SXA - Creative Exchange/Functions/CI/Get-CreativeExchangeImportResponse

I changed the content, so I can run only the script in itself and added a function call at the bottom. Apart from that, I made no changes.

function Get-CreativeExchangeImportResponse {
        [Parameter(Mandatory = $true)]
        [Parameter(Mandatory = $false)]
        [Parameter(Mandatory = $false )]
        [int]$FileSizeLimit = 0,
        [Parameter(Mandatory = $false)]
        [Sitecore.Data.ID]$DeviceId = "{FE5D7FDF-89C0-4D99-9AA3-B5FBD009C9F3}"     

    begin {
        Write-Verbose "Cmdlet Get-CreativeExchangeImportResponse - Begin"
        # switch off Write-Progress used in Invoke-WebRequest
        $progressPreference = 'silentlyContinue'
        Import-Function Get-StorageDefinition

    process {
        Write-Verbose "Cmdlet Get-CreativeExchangeImportResponse - Process"

        # assign default parameters
        if ($StorageDefinition -eq $null) {
            $StorageDefinition = Get-StorageDefinition $CurrentItem "Folder on server"

        if ($MarkupMode -eq $null) {
            $MarkupMode = [Sitecore.XA.Feature.CreativeExchange.Enums.MarkupMode]::AgencyDrop

        if ($ExportScope -eq $null) {
            $ExportScope = [Sitecore.XA.Feature.CreativeExchange.Enums.ExportScope]::Site

        if ($BucketExportMode -eq $null) {
            $BucketExportMode = [Sitecore.XA.Feature.CreativeExchange.Enums.BucketExportMode]::OneOfTemplate

        $importArgs = New-Object -TypeName "Sitecore.XA.Feature.CreativeExchange.Pipelines.Import.Import.ImportArgs"
        $importArgs.HttpContext = [System.Web.HttpContext]::Current

        $importContext = New-Object -TypeName "Sitecore.XA.Feature.CreativeExchange.Models.Import.ImportContext"
        $importContext.StorageServiceDefinition = $StorageDefinition
        $importContext.DeviceId = $DeviceId
        $importContext.Database = $CurrentItem.Database
        $importContext.ImportOptions = New-Object -TypeName "Sitecore.XA.Feature.CreativeExchange.Models.Import.ImportOptions"
        $importArgs.ImportContext = $importContext

        [Sitecore.Pipelines.CorePipeline]::Run("ceImport.import", $importArgs);

    end {
        Write-Verbose "Cmdlet Get-CreativeExchangeImportResponse - End"

Get-CreativeExchangeImportResponse -CurrentItem (Get-Item -Path "/sitecore/content/Tenant/Site/Home")

As I run this script, I get the following error message

Exception calling "Run" with "2" argument(s): "Object reference not set to an instance of an object."
At line:52 char:9
+         [Sitecore.Pipelines.CorePipeline]::Run("ceImport.import", $im ...
+         ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
+ CategoryInfo          : NotSpecified: (:) [], MethodInvocationException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : NullReferenceException

ImportContext           : Sitecore.XA.Feature.CreativeExchange.Models.Import.ImportContext
HttpContext             :
CreativeExchangeStorage : Sitecore.XA.Feature.CreativeExchange.Storage.Import.FileImportStorage
Messages                : {}
ThemeAssets             : {}
CustomData              : {}
Aborted                 : False
Message                 :
ProcessorItem           :
Suspended               : False

What I read from this, is that $importArgs is not quite what the pipeline expects. I debugged through the script and $importArgs is null or so I think and I'm not sure, what exactly the args should contain for the pipeline to run.

Has anyone experienced this error before? I'd be glad for some info or maybe a hint where to look. I guess my next step would be to decompile the pipeline itself and check what could cause this issue there.

Thanks for any hints, Simon

  • Can you provide an example of the actual script you are running? From the documentation link you provided, there is more to it than just the function Get-CreativeExchangeImportResponse. – Michael West May 15 '20 at 19:37
  • Hi Michael, I tried to run the script as described in the doc: /sitecore/system/Modules/PowerShell/Script Library/SXA/SXA - Creative Exchange/Web API/ce-import and in there the script from my question is called. But in the ce-import is not much additional logic other than getting the item from the path and then calling the Get-CreativeExchangeImportResponse function with the current item set – Simon May 17 '20 at 8:31
  • I cannot 100% confirm yet, but my guess for now, that it has something to do with the context. I retried and checked all parameters again and now the script at least works, when triggered via Web Api (also as described in the doc) However I still get the same error, when running the script in Powershell ISE – Simon May 18 '20 at 8:37
  • Conceptually, we use Creative Exchange Live as a design time process and not at build time. The front-end devs have it so that the theme updates get pushed into the Sitecore Media library via gulp watchers, and then Unicorn manages the data from there. This is a much simpler model than trying to import content into Sitecore mid-CI/CD build I would think. Perhaps you are trying to solve a problem you shouldn't even have? – Richard Hauer May 28 '20 at 15:12

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