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June 7, 2016 at 5:03 pm

I have a script that connects to eDirectory, and gives me a list of groups & group members. The script works, returning 570,515 rows of data. If I Write-Host the results to screen, it takes about 5 minutes to complete. However, I don't want results to screen, I want the results in a CSV or TXT so I can get the data loaded into a SQL table.

When I try to Out-File the results using a $Query.SizeLimit = 100, I can get that portion of the data in about 1.5 minutes
When I try to Out-File the results using no size limit, the script never finishes.

This is the entire code. PI data is replaced with #

#Setup Modules
Import-Module ActiveDirectory
Add-Type -AssemblyName System.DirectoryServices

#Setup eDirectory Connection Variables
$eDirPath = 'LDAP://####/o=####'
$eDirUser = '########'
$eDirPWD = '########'
$eDirAuthType = 'None'

#Establish eDirectory Connection and Enumerate
$Root = New-Object System.DirectoryServices.DirectoryEntry -argumentlist $eDirPath,$eDirUser,$eDirPWD,$eDirAuthType
$Query = New-Object System.DirectoryServices.DirectorySearcher
$Query.SearchRoot = $Root
#$Query.SizeLimit = 100 #limits results for testing purposes. Comment-out for full results
$Query.Filter = "(|(ObjectClass=CCGroupApplication)(ObjectClass=CCGroupRole))"
$SearchResults = $Query.FindAll()

#Take all requested group names and group members, pipe them to CSV
$CSVoutput = @() # creates an empty $CSVoutput variable
ForEach ($Result in $SearchResults) `
   $CCGroupALL = [PSCustomObject]$Result.Properties
        ForEach ($Item in $CCGroupALL)
                $Group = $
                ForEach ($Member in $Item.member)
                    #Replace strips everything after the member ID
                    $Member = $Member -Replace "uid=",""
                    $Member = $Member -Replace "cn=",""
                    $Member = $Member -Replace ",ou=people",""
                    $Member = $Member -Replace ",ou=Clients",""
                    $Member = $Member -Replace ",ou=Employees",""
                    $Member = $Member -Replace ",ou=direct",""
                    #Write-Host "$Group",",","$Member"   #runs in 5 minutes
                    $CSVoutput += "$Group , $Member"    #adds each "cn , member" to the $CSVoutput variable

$CSVoutput | Out-File C:\Users\####\Desktop\CWSiGroupMembers.csv

The data is returned as the "GroupName , GroupMember" for each result. Like:

GroupA , jsmith
GroupA , sjones
GroupB , jsmith
GroupC , bsmith

Ultimately, I'm hoping someone can help me get the results into a file, even if the script takes a while to complete. I'm going to schedule it to run as a nightly job in SQL Server.

June 8, 2016 at 8:24 am

I can't test this on large data but improvements can be
1. Don't collect big data in arrays, because array += value rebuild array
2. Use piping and native export-csv cmdlet instead manual string building

thus, code schema may be like that:

# [initialization...]
# Here you must limit DirectoryEntry fields for output, this can speedup your query
$Query.FindAll() | Foreach-Object {
 # [data preparation if needed]
 $_ | select-Object -Property property1, property2, @{n='Prperty3';e={$_.ValueForProperty3}}
} | Export-Csv -Encoding Utf8 -Delimiter -'delimiterchar' -Path OutputPathTo\File.csv

btw, if you Import-Module ActiveDirectory why you use DirectorySearcher ?

Get-ADObject -LdapFilter '(filter here)'  -Property CN, Member -ResultSetSize $null |
Select-Object CN, @{n='Members'; e={$_.Member -replace 'r1' -replace 'r2' -replace 'r3' }} |
Export-Csv -Path OutputPathTo\File.csv
  • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by  Max Kozlov.
  • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by  Max Kozlov.

June 8, 2016 at 8:40 am

and.... I don't see your data but believe you can do just one -replace using regular expressions

for example
can be replaced to
that way
$data -replace '^cn=([^,]+),.*','$1'
here I extract (...) all characters after cn= that must be in line beginning ^ and before , into $1 and replace full string (greedy .* after main regex) to extracted value

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by  Max Kozlov.

June 8, 2016 at 9:08 pm

Hi Max,
Thanks for the ideas! I used the regex you suggested. I also realized that a significant number of unneeded results could be eliminated using a Where clause in the ForEach loop.

                ForEach ($Member in $Item.member | 
                    Where {$_ -notlike 'cn=[0-9]*' -and $_ -notlike 'uid=[0-9]*'})

The new filter I added allows the Out-File process to complete in about 4.5 minutes. I understand that my code could be better, faster, etc., but the timing is acceptable for my purposes.
Thanks again for your help.