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AD Search Scopes

In AD we can define a scope for our search. In most of the examples we have seen we are starting at the root of the domain and searching every OU. This is the default – also known as a SubTree search i.e. it searches all children of the defined container.

This examples use Get-ADUser but we could use the Quest cmdlets or a script. But the provider is limited to the defined container or all child containers of the root.

$ou = “OU=BlogTests,DC=Manticore,DC=org”
$user = “cn=usera,OU=BlogTests,DC=Manticore,DC=org”

“`Default Scope”
Get-ADUser -ResultSetSize 3000 -SearchBase $ou -Filter * |
Format-Table Name, DistinguishedName

Get-ADUser -ResultSetSize 3000 -SearchBase $ou -SearchScope Base -Filter * |
Format-Table Name, DistinguishedName

Get-ADUser -ResultSetSize 3000 -SearchBase $ou -SearchScope OneLevel -Filter * |
Format-Table Name, DistinguishedName

Get-ADUser -ResultSetSize 3000 -SearchBase $ou -SearchScope SubTree -Filter * |
Format-Table Name, DistinguishedName

“‘nBase Examples”
“single user”
Get-ADUser -ResultSetSize 3000 -SearchBase $user -SearchScope Base -Filter * |
Format-Table Name, DistinguishedName

“single object”
Get-ADObject -ResultSetSize 3000 -SearchBase $ou -SearchScope Base -Filter * |
Format-Table Name, DistinguishedName

The scope options are:

  • Base
  • OneLevel
  • SubTree

SubTree is the defined container and all child containers – including their children etc

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