The following script is what we’ve been using to create site collections with their own database in SharePoint 2010.
Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell –ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
## Configure the script
$databaseName = "SP_Content_Database_Name"
$webApplicationUrl = "http://localhost"
$siteCollectionUrl = "http://localhost/sites/siteName"
$siteCollectionName = "Site Collection Name"
$siteCollectionOwner1 = "DOMAIN\user1"
$siteCollectionOwner2 = "DOMAIN\user2"
$siteCollectionTemplate = "STS#1"
## Create the database
New-SPContentDatabase -Name $databaseName -WebApplication $webApplicationUrl
## Create the site collection
New-SPSite -URL $siteCollectionUrl -OwnerAlias $siteCollectionOwner1 -SecondaryOwnerAlias $siteCollectionOwner2 -ContentDatabase $databaseName -Name $siteCollectionName -Template $siteCollectionTemplate
Download the above code at: https://gist.github.com/4488619
If you need a list of site templates available on the machine you can run:
Get-SPWebTemplate | Sort-Object "Title"
UPDATE: Oracle has decided to change the command from setvdiuuid to sethduuid for version 4 of VirtualBox. Please make this correction if you are using version 4.
How many times do you simply copy a virtual hard drive when you want to stand up a development environment? In VirtualBox, it isn’t as simple as a simple copy, paste, and rename. Each virtual hard drive in the VirtualBox world (.vdi files) gets its own universally unique identifier, or UUID. When you copy a vdi file with your file explorer it also brings over the UUID. Fortunately, VirtualBox has a command to generate a new UUID for a copied vdi file.
%ProgramFiles%\Oracle\VirtualBox\VBoxManage.exe internalcommands setvdiuuid
Being in the SharePoint development world, I create new virtual machines all the time so I created a script to take care of the UUID change. I have a batch file named changeUUID.bat that this script is contained.
IF "%1"=="" GOTO Error
"c:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\VBoxManage.exe" internalcommands setvdiuuid %1
ECHO No file path given!
Gist Link: https://gist.github.com/knight0323/4488526
NOTE: VirtualBox does offer a command called clonevdi which will copy the vdi and ensure a new UUID is assigned to the clone. The setvdiuuid command is just a personal preference.