System.DirectoryServices.AccountManagement Namespace Overview

System.DirectoryServices.AccountManagement is a namespace in the Microsoft .NET Framework that provides uniform access and manipulation of security principals across multiple principal stores. The stores include Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS), and Machine SAM (MSAM). System.DirectoryServices.AccountManagement manages directory objects independent of the System.DirectoryServices namespace. This guide is a supplement to information that is available in the .NET Framework programming guide. It provides background information about System.DirectoryServices.AccountManagement, information about how to use System.DirectoryServices.AccountManagement, and programming code examples. The .NET Framework programming guide contains all reference information for the System.DirectoryServices.AccountManagement namespace.

Where Applicable

System administrators can use System.DirectoryServices.AccountManagement to automate tasks that manage computer, user, and group principal objects in the directory.

Developer Audience

System administrators can use System.DirectoryServices.AccountManagement to manage principals, such as users, computers, and groups that are stored in a directory. Developers can use System.DirectoryServices.AccountManagement to build applications that search, create, modify, or update computer, user, and group principal objects in a directory.

Run-Time Requirements

System.DirectoryServices.AccountManagement is supported on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008.

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