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PrincipalContext Class

Encapsulates the server or domain against which all operations are performed, the container that is used as the base of those operations, and the credentials used to perform the operations.

Namespace:  System.DirectoryServices.AccountManagement
Assembly:  System.DirectoryServices.AccountManagement (in System.DirectoryServices.AccountManagement.dll)

[SecurityPermissionAttribute(SecurityAction.Assert, Flags = SecurityPermissionFlag.UnmanagedCode)]
[DirectoryServicesPermissionAttribute(SecurityAction.InheritanceDemand, Unrestricted = true)]
[DirectoryServicesPermissionAttribute(SecurityAction.LinkDemand, Unrestricted = true)]
public class PrincipalContext : IDisposable

For search operations, the principal context defines the search base, and for insert operations the context defines the container into which the object is inserted.

System.Object
  System.DirectoryServices.AccountManagement.PrincipalContext

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5

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