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PHP LDAP Pagination (Solution for PHP5.4+)

Because Active Directory restricts returning all results fetched by LDAP Query, I found a solution to get around this problem, without changing anything in Active Directory.

The root cause for this problem is: AD has a pagesize limit for returning elements through LDAP (default is 1000). As every good Admin / Dev knows, systemwide hardlimits should not be changed by a client system, which sends requests, because this could end up in hugh desaster. Why? Because everyone would set these limits as high as he can to prevent his software from crashing itself (better burn server cpu)

That means, we can’t set any pagelimit in PHP above the pagelimit from the server. What we need to do is to iterate through all results, check if there are more pages left and start another request until we fetched everything.

There are two functions we need to focus on. ldap_control_paged_result and ldap_control_paged_result_response

The first function enables the pagination for the current connection. The second function retrieves the information if more paged data is available (more than 1000 results). After we put everything together, we have something like that:

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Active Directory – Supersonic and the directory searcher

Whats the difference between supersonic and the directory searcher? Nothing, because if you get over ~1000 you crash into a wall. 🙂 Last week we had to deal with the limitations on the directory searcher. We performed a user search on an organizational unit (subtree) with more than 1000 users beneath. We where astonished that our userobject only contained 1000 items every time we did the search. I wrote a little test script in powershell to reproduce this behaviour and to see if this limitation is a C# problem or not. So I wrote this script:

As expected, powershell returned only 1000 objects. Then we tried to find out why and looked at the $objSearcher property list.

As you can see, there are two interesting properties: sizelimit and pagesize. So I played around with these two properties and found some explanations for them. Sizelimit is the limit for the maximum returned results, but you can’t set this property above 1000. So I looked at the second property, pagesize. This property sets the maximum result items per returned page. So all you have to do is, set sizelimit to 0 and set pagesize to 1000 and you will get…

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