When I wanted to reindex the search for one of our clients running SDL Tridion 2013 SP1 I got following error when trying to run Sync-TcmSearchIndex:

The term 'Sync-TcmSearchIndex' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program. Check the spelling of the name, or if a path was included, verify that the path is correct and try again. At line:1 char:9

  • Sync-TcmSearchIndex <<<<

    • CategoryInfo : ObjectNotFound: (Sync-Tcm:String) [], CommandNotFoundException

    • FullyQualifiedErrorId : CommandNotFoundException

So I have 2 questions:

  1. What can I do to fix the missing cmdlet?
  2. Is there another way to trigger the re-indexation of the search?



  • did you try the answers? can you please mark the solution? Jan 12, 2017 at 20:01
  • I did not have time to try out the answers yet. Once I have, I'll give the needed feedback. Jan 16, 2017 at 11:03
  • any results? it's customary to mark a solution... Jan 24, 2017 at 15:32
  • I know .. I gave feedback as soon as I could Jan 25, 2017 at 15:22

3 Answers 3


After some investigation the problem was found. During windows updates something went wrong with our machine which resulted in some functionality being dropped out of powershell. I do not know exactly what as this has been fixed by the IT department of our Client.

After the fix the Sync-TcmSearchIndex command was again available.


I think I can help you with #1. I am not sure about #2. for #1, check that you have the Tridion Automation dll. Inside your tridion install, you should have:

[Path to your install]\bin\PowerShellModules\Tridion.ContentManager.Automation\Tridion.ContentManager.Automation.dll

See if that exists. Next, check that your PSModulePath environment variable includes that directory. Mine looks like this.

  • btw, the SDL installer should have updated your environment variable for you automatically. we haven't done any manual configuration to make their PS commands work properly Jan 11, 2017 at 18:14

Have you used the command:

Import-module tridion.contentmanager.automation

After running this command run the sync command and it should work fine

  • shouldn't be necessary if you look at my answer, it should be imported if you include the dll in your modules--which should have been done by the Tridion installer Jan 11, 2017 at 17:31
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    Indeed - since Powershell 3.0 import-module is automatically invoked if you invoke one of a module's commands Jan 14, 2017 at 13:26

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