SharePoint 2010/2013: Using PowerShell script to Select / Unselect specific containers for User Profile Sync connection.

In Sharepoint 2010 / 2013, when clicking on “Populate containers” for creating a sync connection you may not see all the items displayed, hence you may not be able to select / unselect containers that are not visible in the Tree-view. The number of items to show in this view has been limited to 1000 considering the Performance issues. When you select the root OU, all the objects in the OU will be marked for synchronization by default. You may expand the Tree and un-select the containers, however once it reaches the display limit you will not be able to view them and unselect.

Here is the sample PowerShell Script that can be used to unselect an OU that’s not visible in the UI view. The value for the connection name should be updated. If you have more than one User Profile service application, the script is going to select the first one.


$snapin = Get-PSSnapin | Where-Object {$_.Name -eq 'Microsoft.SharePoint.Powershell'}

if ($snapin -eq $null)


Write-Host "Loading SharePoint Powershell Snapin"

Add-PSSnapin "Microsoft.SharePoint.Powershell"


$ups = @(Get-SPServiceApplication | Where-Object {$_.TypeName -eq 'User Profile Service Application'})[0] #Picks up the First User profile service application.

$context = [Microsoft.SharePoint.SPServiceContext]::GetContext($ups.ServiceApplicationProxyGroup,[Microsoft.SharePoint.SPSiteSubscriptionIdentifier]::Default)

$ConfigMgr = New-Object Microsoft.Office.Server.UserProfiles.UserProfileConfigManager($context)

$AD = $ConfigMgr.ConnectionManager['2013Connection'] #2013Connection is the connection name

$NamingContext = $AD.NamingContexts[0]

$ContainersExcluded = $NamingContext.ContainersExcluded

$ContainersIncluded = $NamingContext.ContainersIncluded



$CloneDSNC = new-object Microsoft.Office.Server.UserProfiles.DirectoryServiceNamingContext(










$NamingContexts = $ad.NamingContexts



$ad.NamingContexts = $NamingContexts









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Script Credit: Abhishek Saigal [MSFT]

Post By : Manjesh Menon [MSFT]