Limiting the number of results returned in an Active Directory query using PrincipalSearcher

I have a username textbox on my page. I've created an autocomplete feature which queries Active Directory for all users where the username contains the text in the textbox. Because this is an autocomplete feature, I want to limit the number of results returned to optimize performance. The only methods I see available are FindOne() and FindAll(). Is there a way to get the first 'n' records matching the criteria of the query?

My code currently breaks out of the loop after reading 'n' records but the FindAll() method still returns all matching records causing a performance hit.

[WebMethod]
        [ScriptMethod(ResponseFormat = ResponseFormat.Json)]
        public string[] GetUsernames(string partialUsername, int maxResults, string serverName)
        {
            List<string> userNames = new List<string>();
            SPSecurity.RunWithElevatedPrivileges(delegate()
            {
                PrincipalContext principalContext = new PrincipalContext(ContextType.Domain, serverName);
                
                UserPrincipal userPrincipal = new UserPrincipal(principalContext);
                userPrincipal.Name = "*" + partialUsername + "*";
                PrincipalSearcher principalSearcher = new PrincipalSearcher(userPrincipal);
                                
                PrincipalSearchResult<Principal> results = principalSearcher.FindAll();
                foreach (var result in results)
                {
                    if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(result.Name))
                    {

                            userNames.Add(result.Name);
                      
                            if (userNames.Count >= maxResults)
                                    break;
                    }
                }
            });
            userNames.Sort();
            return userNames.ToArray();
        }

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ZaDrizzleAsked:
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Rainer JeschorConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi,

you might try this:
Add the following code at your line 13:
((DirectorySearcher)principalSearcher.GetUnderlyingSearcher()).SizeLimit = 10;

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http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.directoryservices.directorysearcher.sizelimit.aspx

HTH
Rainer

BTW: If you would have added SharePoint topic, I would have seen your question earlier ;-)
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ZaDrizzleAuthor Commented:
Thanks Rainer!
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