Applies to: SharePoint Foundation 2013, SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise, SharePoint Server 2013 Standard

Topic Last Modified: 2015-03-09

Returns the search service application for a farm.

Get-SPEnterpriseSearchServiceApplication [[-Identity] <SearchServiceApplicationPipeBind>] [-AssignmentCollection <SPAssignmentCollection>]

This cmdlet retrieves the SearchServiceApplication object.

If the farm has more than one search service application, and you don't specify which search service application to retrieve, this cmdlet retrieves the SearchServiceApplication objects for all search service applications in the farm.

SharePoint Management Shell


Parameter Required Type Description




Specifies the search service application to retrieve.

The type must be a valid GUID, in the form 12345678-90ab-cdef-1234-567890bcdefgh, a valid name of a search service application (for example, MySearchApp); 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.


$ssa = Get-SPEnterpriseSearchServiceApplication -Identity MySSA

This example obtains a reference to a search service application named MySSA.