Can anyone explain what's going on here with this Sitecore Power Shell script?

We have 2 websites set up on 1 Sitecore instance, they're as follows:



The below query returns all items under /sitecore/content/siteA/

$contentsToUpdate = Get-Item master: -Query "/sitecore/content/siteA//*" 

The below query returns all items under /sitecore/content/siteB/

$contentsToUpdate = Get-Item master: -Query "/sitecore/content/siteB//*"

The line below seems to return all items under /sitecore/content/siteA/ but nothing from siteB.

$contentsToUpdate = Get-Item master: -Query "/sitecore/content//*"

I was hoping and expecting that the third example would give me pages under both /siteA/ and /siteB/ but it doesn't seem to be doing that despite all 3 of the commands appearing to access sub-directories fine.



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    How many items are return from first query? and from second? maybe there are more than max configured in Sitecore? ggullentops.blogspot.com/2016/03/… Feb 8 at 12:12
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    Could you please check Query.MaxItems setting value. you can check it in showconfig.aspx by running sitecoreinstance/sitecore/admin/showconfig.aspx Feb 8 at 12:16

1 Answer 1


As seen in some of the comments, the -Query option is influenced by the maximum items setting in Sitecore. With this parameter set for the command you are essentially running a Sitecore Query.

If you are trying to return items from each site you can use a different parameter set which is not bound by the MaxItems setting.

Example: The following walks the tree by looping through the children of each item.

$contentsToUpdate = Get-ChildItem -Path "master:/sitecore/content" -Recurse
  • thanks all! Seems to be the MaxItems issue as it's returning 300 which matches the default setting... I'll try with the -Path option and see what gets returned!
    – Daniel
    Feb 8 at 14:48

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