Applies to: Exchange Server 2013

This cmdlet is available only in on-premises Exchange Server 2013.

Use the Get-AdSite cmdlet to display configuration information about one or more Active Directory sites.

Get-AdSite [-Identity <AdSiteIdParameter>] [-DomainController <Fqdn>]

This example displays the configuration details for the Active Directory site named Default-First-Site-Name.

Get-AdSite Default-First-Site-Name

Exchange uses Active Directory sites and the costs assigned to the Active Directory site links to make message routing decisions.

You need to be assigned permissions before you can run this cmdlet. Although all parameters for this cmdlet are listed in this topic, you may not have access to some parameters if they're not included in the permissions assigned to you. To see what permissions you need, see the "Transport configuration" entry in the Mail flow permissions topic.


Parameter Required Type Description




The DomainController parameter specifies the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the domain controller that retrieves data from Active Directory.

The DomainController parameter isn't supported on Edge Transport servers. An Edge Transport server uses the local instance of Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) to read and write data.




The Identity parameter specifies the identity of the Active Directory site for which you want to view configuration details. The identity can be expressed as a GUID or the Active Directory site name. If the Active Directory site name includes spaces, enclose the name in quotation marks (").

To see the input types that this cmdlet accepts, see Cmdlet Input and Output Types. If the Input Type field for a cmdlet is blank, the cmdlet doesn’t accept input data.

To see the return types, which are also known as output types, that this cmdlet accepts, see Cmdlet Input and Output Types. If the Output Type field is blank, the cmdlet doesn’t return data.