Searching for a Large Number of Objects

Updated: February 28, 2009

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

This topic explains how to use the Active Directory module for Windows PowerShell to search for a large number of objects in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS).


The following example demonstrates how to retrieve a large number of objects from the domain partition of the domain:

Get-ADObject -filter {name-like '*'}-SearchBase 'DC=Fabrikam,DC=com'-ResultSetSize $null | Measure-Object

Additional information

In addition to the standard Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) attributes, you can retrieve the following extended properties of the Get-ADObject cmdlet by using the -Properties parameter:

  • ObjectClass

  • Created

  • Modified

  • Deleted

  • ProtectedFromAccidentalDeletion

For a full explanation of the parameters that you can pass to Get-ADObject or Measure-Object, at the Active Directory module command prompt, type Get-Help Get-ADObject –detailed or Get-Help Measure-Object -detailed, and then press ENTER.