Powershell remoting timeout

This topic contains 3 replies, has 2 voices, and was last updated by  Don Jones 4 years, 1 month ago.

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  • #13459

    Oliver Adams

    I am trying to return all the users in active directory from a remote computer. I am using the Quest AD Cmdlets. The search finds 300 users and then hangs and the message I get back is this:

    The operation was aborted because the client side timeout limit was exceeded.
    + CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [Get-QADUser], LdapException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : System.DirectoryServices.Protocols.LdapException,Quest.ActiveRoles.ArsPowerShellSnapIn.Powershell.Cmdlets.GetUserCmdlet.

    I am guessing there is a faster way, what is the best practice for extracting this data? the end result is to import the data into sql.

    Thanks in advance for any information.

  • #13460

    Don Jones

    That's a built-in defense mechanism in AD. You're asking for, potentially, a LOT of data, and it costs the DC a lot to produce it, transmit it, and so on. Your client then has a lot of resources in holding the information.

    I'm less familiar with the Quest cmdlets, but looking at http://wiki.powergui.org/index.php/Get-QADUser, there's a -pagesize parameter which probably lets you modify the size of the result page that's sent over. Also a -SizeLimit parameter you might look at.

    Usually, I suggest that folks query on an OU-by-OU basis, or query everyone whose names start with A, then B, and so on – just to break the operational down into more manageable chunks. But you should be able to use -PageSize. For example, if you set -PageSize to 100, you get back 100 objects. If you execute the command again, you get the NEXT 100 objects. And so on.

  • #13462

    Oliver Adams

    Thanks for the fast and great reply. You always seem to make everything sound so simple 😀 Is there a way to cycle through letters like numbers in a foreach loop for(a-z)? Otherwise would I just loop until it returns null if I want to use pagesize?

  • #13463

    Don Jones

    (BTW, know also that this has nothing to do with Powershell Remoting... it's an AD thing)

    I'd just use the pagesize, yeah.

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