Slow powershell script....any way to speed it up?

I use the Quest AD cmdlets to update certain AD attributes, but I've noticed the script is "slow" (takes approx. 1-2 seconds per AD object). I'm updating 600+ AD objects and @ 1-2 seconds per object, the time adds up. I'm wondering if someone can tell me if this is normal or there's a more efficient way to rewrite my script. I noticed that when the script updates an object, the shell window shows/scrolls a list of attributes for the object (I'd assume the default properties). That's why I used the "-IncludedProperties" switch to see if that made a difference since I'm only targeting a handful of attributes...I know this switch works for the Get-QADUser but not sure if it's working for the Set-QADUser.
# Read source TXT file
$users = Get-Content -Path 'C:\users.txt'

# Look through each of the users and set AD attributes
foreach($user in $users){
	Set-QADUser -Identity $user -IncludedProperties mail,department -ObjectAttributes @{mail='something';department='something'}

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Meir RivkinConnect With a Mentor Full stack Software EngineerCommented:
Set-QADUser does return output after successfully completing.  If you'd like to have it not display the output on screen just assign the Set-QADUser command output to $null.

$null = Set-QADUser -Identity $user -IncludedProperties mail,department -ObjectAttributes @{mail='something';department='something'}

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Meir RivkinFull stack Software EngineerCommented:
that alone should decrease time span of Set-QADUser
soostibiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Maybe, the other factor that can speed up the script is to create a permanent conenction to AD:

$c = Connect-QADService -Service

And with this where you use Set-QADUser use the connection parameter, and maybe you do not have to use the -includedproperties parameter at all, but you should compare the two versions. The output can also be suppressed by converting the result to [void]:

[void] (Set-QADUser -Connection $c -Identity $user -ObjectAttributes @{mail='something';department='something'} )
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Meir RivkinFull stack Software EngineerCommented:

>>The output can also be suppressed by converting the result to [void]:

which is the same as assign the result to $null...
bnditAuthor Commented:
Thank you both of you; your suggestions really helped and sped up my script although I found that the [void] approach reduced the execution time to 5secs per $user while the $null approach reduced it to 12secs per $user.


The only thing that I didn't use from your suggestion was the "permanent connection" to AD. However, I do my connection outside the ForEach block (see the attached code), and I'm wondering if doing the connection to AD as you suggest would help even more to reduce the execution time.

# Connect to Active Directory provider.
$pwd = Read-Host "Enter Password: " -AsSecureString
$DC = ''
$connAccount = 'ADAccount'

Connect-QADService -service $DC -ConnectionAccount $connAccount -ConnectionPassword $pwd

ForEach <...>

[void] (Set-QADUser -Identity $user -ObjectAttributes @{mail='something';department='something'} ) 

# Disconnect from Active Directory provider.

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But use it as I did. So put the result of the connect-qadservice to a variable, and use it at Set-QADUser with -connection parameter. If you do not do this, the Set-QADUser may create a connection every time.
bnditAuthor Commented:
Ok, I'll try that. Thanks again.
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