Connect-PnPOnline -Connection parameter???

Occasional Contributor

Hi All,


I have a question with regards to the below code... I want add information from a newly created site to a "List" in another site collection.


After debugging the following code I can see that the -connection parameter is not working as I would expect it too and I am not sure why???



   $webUrl = ""
   $templateSiteUrl = ""
   $siteDirList = "Site Directory"
   $webConnect = Connect-PnPOnline -Url $webUrl -Interactive
   $tplSiteConnect = Connect-PnPOnline -Url $templateSiteUrl -Interactive

   try {
    write-host -f Cyan "Logging Site information in Site Directory for" $webUrl
    $SPWeb = Get-PnPWeb -Connection $webConnect
    write-output $SPWeb
    $list = Get-PnPList -identity $siteDirList -Connection $tplSiteConnect -ThrowExceptionIfListNotFound -ErrorAction Stop
    write-output $list
    if ($webUrl -ne $null) {
      $item = @{}
      $item = @{
          "Title" = $SPWeb.Title;
          "URL" = $SPWeb.URL;
          "SiteDescription" = $SPWeb.Description
      Add-PnPListItem -List $list -Values $item -Connection $tplSiteConnect
   catch {



I have set to variables to use when I connect to the various sites but for some reason the above code always uses the last site I connected to initially.



If I connect to 2 sites it always connects to the last site despite my using the relevant variables with the -Connection parameter???


The Above code is always connected to:

 $tplSiteConnect = Connect-PnPOnline -Url $templateSiteUrl -Interactive


Despite me calling the $webConnect variable using -connection $webConnect

What am I doing wrong?

2 Replies


"Connect-PnPOnline" does not return a connection object.
Use "Get-PnPConnection" to get the current connection and store it as a variable

Connect-PnPOnline -Url $webUrl -Interactive
$webConnect = Get-PnPConnection
Connect-PnPOnline -Url $templateSiteUrl -Interactive
$tplSiteConnect = Get-PnPConnection

Get-PnPWeb -Connection $webConnect
Get-PnPWeb -Connection $tplSiteConnect

Best Regards,

best response confirmed by My-atix (Occasional Contributor)

@My-atix The Connect-PnPOnline cmdlet has a -ReturnConnection parameter which will return the connection object you are looking for.


Change line 5 in your sample above to 

$webConnect = Connect-PnPOnline -Url $webUrl -Interactive -ReturnConnection


Good luck!



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