Remove orphaned redirect sites using the CLI for Microsoft 365

Changing the URL of a site results in a new site type: a Redirect Site. However this redirect site does not get removed if you delete the newly renamed site. This could result in orphaned redirect site collections that redirect to nothing. This script provides you with an overview of all orphaned redirect sites and allows you to quickly delete them. This post will show you one of the most popular sample scripts created  for the CLI for Microsoft 365. The original script was created by our community member Albert-Jan Schot.

$sites = m365 spo site classic list --t "REDIRECTSITE#0" --output json | ConvertFrom-Json

$sites | ForEach-Object {
  Write-Host -f Green "Processing redirect site: " $_.Url
  $siteUrl = $_.Url

  $redirectSite = Invoke-WebRequest -Uri $_.Url -MaximumRedirection 0 -SkipHttpErrorCheck
  $body = $null
  $siteUrl = $_.Url

  if($redirectSite.StatusCode -eq 308) {
    Try {
      [string]$newUrl = $redirectSite.Headers.Location;
      Write-Host -f Green " Redirects to: " $newUrl
      $body = Invoke-WebRequest -Uri $newUrl -SkipHttpErrorCheck
    Write-Host $_.Exception
    Finally {
      If($body.StatusCode -eq "200"){
      Write-host -f Yellow "  Target location still exists"
      If($body.StatusCode -eq "404"){
        Write-Host -f Red "  Target location no longer exists, should be removed"
        m365 spo site remove --url $siteUrl

You can find this and many more samples on how to use the CLI for Microsoft 365 in our official samples section.

What is the CLI for Microsoft 365?

CLI for Microsoft 365 is a cross-platform CLI that allows you to manage various configuration settings of Microsoft 365 and SharePoint Framework projects no matter which operating system or shell you use.
While building solutions for Microsoft 365 expands beyond the Windows operating system, managing many of the platform settings is possible only through PowerShell on Windows. As more and more users work on non-Windows machines, it’s inconvenient for them to have to use a Windows virtual machine to configure their tenants. With the CLI for Microsoft 365, you can configure your tenant no matter which operating system you use. Additionally, using CLI for Microsoft 365, you can manage your SharePoint Framework projects.

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Get the latest release of the CLI for Microsoft 365 from npm by executing:

npm i -g @pnp/cli-microsoft365

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