Applies to: SharePoint Server 2010

Topic Last Modified: 2010-02-11

Returns a crawled property category.

Get-SPEnterpriseSearchMetadataCategory [[-Identity] <CategoryPipeBind>] -SearchApplication <SearchServiceApplicationPipeBind> [-AssignmentCollection <SPAssignmentCollection>]

The Get-SPEnterpriseSearchMetadataCategory cmdlet reads a MetadataCategory object when the category is created, updated, or deleted. Run this cmdlet when the initial search is configured and after a new crawled property category is discovered during a crawl. SPEnterpriseSearchMetadataCategory represents a category in the enterprise search metadata property schema.

If the Identity parameter is not specified, this cmdlet returns the metadata category collection for the specified search application.


Parameter Required Type Description




Specifies the metadata category to get.

The type must be a valid GUID, in the form 12345678-90ab-cdef-1234-567890bcdefgh; a valid name of a metadata category (for example, MetadataCategory1); or an instance of a valid Category object.




Specifies the search application that contains the enterprise search metadata categories.

The type must be a valid GUID, in the form 12345678-90ab-cdef-1234-567890bcdefgh; a valid search application name (for example, SearchApp1); or an instance of a valid SearchServiceApplication object.




Manages objects for the purpose of proper disposal. Use of objects, such as SPWeb or SPSite, can use large amounts of memory and use of these objects in Windows PowerShell scripts requires proper memory management. Using the SPAssignment object, you can assign objects to a variable and dispose of the objects after they are needed to free up memory. When SPWeb, SPSite, or SPSiteAdministration objects are used, the objects are automatically disposed of if an assignment collection or the Global parameter is not used.

When the Global parameter is used, all objects are contained in the global store. If objects are not immediately used, or disposed of by using the Stop-SPAssignment command, an out-of-memory scenario can occur.


$searchapp = Get-SPEnterpriseSearchServiceApplication "SearchApp1" 
$cat = Get-SPEnterpriseSearchMetadataCategory -SearchApplication $searchapp -Identity People

This example returns the People metadata category for the search application SearchApp1.