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Determining the Approximate Number of Child Objects in an OU

Updated: February 28, 2009

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

This topic explains how to use the Active Directory module for Windows PowerShell to determine approximately how many child objects are in an organizational unit (OU).

The following example demonstrates how to determine approximately how many child objects are in the OU ManagedGroups in the Fabrikam.com domain:

Get-ADOrganizationalUnit -Identity 'OU=ManagedGroup,DC=Fabrikam,DC=com' -Properties 'msds-approx-immed-subordinates'

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

  • StreetAddress

  • City

  • State

  • Country

  • PostalCode

  • Description

  • DisplayName

  • ProtectedFromAccidentalDeletion

  • AppliedGroupPolicies

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

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