Overview#LDAP policies are implemented in Microsoft Active Directory by using objects of the queryPolicy class. Query Policy objects can be created in the Query Policies container, which is a child of the Directory Service container in the configuration naming context. For example: cn=Query-Policies, cn=Directory Service, cn=Windows NT, cn=Services configuration naming context. Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008 to prevent overloading the domain controller. These limits override the LDAP policy in Active Directory setting when the policy value should be higher.
|LDAP setting||maximum value (hardcoded)|
Therefore the effective setting for the above LDAP policy is MaxPageSize=50000 and MaxValRange=25000 on a Windows Server 2003 Domain Controller as configured in the LDAP policy in Active Directory but on a Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008 Domain Controller the hardcoded limits dictate MaxPageSize=20000 and MaxValRange=5000.
MaxValRange affects the number of attributes returned for a query. If you perform a LDAP query for the multi-valued attribute Member for a group object with more than 5000 members the Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008 domain controller will only return 5000 of them.
The use of the Simple Paged Results Control maybe used to retrieve all the results.
Reboot requirement#If you change the values for the query policy that a Domain Controller is currently using, those changes take effect without a reboot. However, if a new query policy is created, a reboot is required for the new query policy to take effect.
Windows Server 2000 and Windows Server 2003 LDAP administration limits#The LDAP administration limits are:
LDIF for LDAP policy in Microsoft Active Directory#This is an export of the policy for a server. The "DC=mad,DC=willeke,DC=com" is domain dependent.
dn: CN=Default Query Policy,CN=Query-Policies,CN=Directory Service,CN=Windows NT,CN=Services,CN=Configuration,DC=mad,DC=willeke,DC=com objectClass: top objectClass: queryPolicy cn: Default Query Policy distinguishedName: CN=Default Query Policy,CN=Query-Policies,CN=Directory Service,CN=Windows NT,CN=Services,CN=Configuration,DC=mad,DC=willeke,DC=com instanceType: 4 lDAPAdminLimits: MaxValRange=1500 lDAPAdminLimits: MaxReceiveBuffer=10485760 lDAPAdminLimits: MaxDatagramRecv=4096 lDAPAdminLimits: MaxPoolThreads=4 lDAPAdminLimits: MaxResultSetSize=262144 lDAPAdminLimits: MaxTempTableSize=10000 lDAPAdminLimits: MaxQueryDuration=120 lDAPAdminLimits: MaxPageSize=1000 lDAPAdminLimits: MaxNotificationPerConn=5 lDAPAdminLimits: MaxActiveQueries=20 lDAPAdminLimits: MaxConnIdleTime=900 lDAPAdminLimits: InitRecvTimeout=120 lDAPAdminLimits: MaxConnections=5000 name: Default Query Policy objectCategory: CN=Query-Policy,CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=mad,DC=willeke,DC=com objectGUID:: 77+9V2dTeO+/vQtO77+9Wwpx77+977+9fO+/vQ== showInAdvancedViewOnly: TRUE uSNChanged: 4124 uSNCreated: 4124 whenChanged: 20081213153904.0Z whenCreated: 20081213153904.0Z
To make sure that domain controllers can support service-level guarantees, you must specify operational limits for a number of LDAP operations. These limits prevent specific operations from adversely affecting the performance of the server, and also make the server more resilient to some types of attacks.
LDAP policies are implemented by using objects of the queryPolicy class. Query Policy objects can be created in the Query Policies container, which is a child of the Directory Service container in the configuration naming context. For example: cn=Query-Policies, cn=Directory Service, cn=Windows NT, cn=Services configuration naming context.
LDAP Query Result Size, MaxPageSize, is one common setting that people have problems.
More Information#There might be more information for this subject on one of the following:
- LDAP and Active Directory
- Microsoft Active Directory
- Microsoft Active Directory Anomalies
- Microsoft Active Directory Group Synchronization
- Simple Paged Results Control
- [#1] - Windows Server 2008 and newer domain controller returns only 5000 values in a LDAP response - based on information obtained 2015-05-17