Peoplepicker-activedirectorysearchtimeout: Stsadm property (Office SharePoint Server)

Applies To: Office SharePoint Server 2007

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Topic Last Modified: 2015-03-09

Configures the timeout when a query is issued to Active Directory. The default timeout value is 30.


The syntax for the setproperty operation is:

stsadm -o setproperty

-propertyname peoplepicker-activedirectorysearchtimeout

-propertyvalue <valid integer>

**\[-url\]** *\<URL\>*

The syntax for the getproperty operation is:

stsadm -o getproperty

propertyname peoplepicker-activedirectorysearchtimeout

**\[-url\]** *\<URL\>*


You can substitute -pn for -propertyname and -pv for -propertyvalue.


The following table shows possible values.

Name Value


Gets or sets the name of the property.


A valid integer that represents seconds, such as 30.


Typically, a path to the URL of the Web application, in the form http://server_name.


Change the Active Directory search timeout

If you have ten Active Directory directories to search and you do not want to let the user to wait too long, you can configure the timeout to be ten seconds per Active Directory. To do this, use the following syntax:

stsadm -o setproperty -pn peoplepicker-activedirectorysearchtimeout –pv 10

To view the current setting for the activedirectorysearchtimeout property, use the following syntax:

stsadm -o getproperty -pn peoplepicker-activedirectorysearchtimeout