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DirectoryEntry.Path Property

Gets or sets the path for this DirectoryEntry.

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

[DSDescriptionAttribute("DSPath")]
[TypeConverterAttribute("System.Diagnostics.Design.StringValueConverter, System.Design, Version=4.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a")]
[SettingsBindableAttribute(true)]
public string Path { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.String
The path of this DirectoryEntry object. The default is an empty string ("").

The Path property uniquely identifies this entry in a networked environment. This entry can always be retrieved using this Path.

Setting the Path retrieves a new entry from the directory store; it does not change the path of the currently bound entry.

The classes associated with the DirectoryEntry component can be used with any of the Active Directory Domain Services service providers. Some of the current providers are Internet Information Services (IIS), Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), Novell NetWare Directory Service (NDS), and WinNT.

NoteNote

The section of the Path that identifies the provider (precedes "://") is case-sensitive. For example, "LDAP://" or "WinNT://".

The syntax for the Path property varies according to the provider. Some common scenarios are:

WinNT

  • Connect to a group on a computer. For example, "WinNT://<domain name>/<computer name>/<group name>". If you are connecting to a local computer, "WinNT://<computer name>/<group name>".

  • Connect to a user on a computer. For example, "WinNT://<domain name>/<computer name>/<user name>". If you are connecting to a local computer, "WinNT://<computer name>/<user name>".

  • Connect to services on a computer. For example, "WinNT://<domain name>/<computer name>/<service name>". If you are connecting to a local computer, "WinNT://<computer name>/<service name>".

  • Discover all domains on the network. For example, "WinNT:" The domains can be found by enumerating the children of this entry.

LDAP

  • Connect to a group in a domain. For example, "LDAP://CN=<group name>, CN =<Users>, DC=<domain component>, DC=<domain component>,...".

  • Connect to a user in a domain. For example, "LDAP://CN=<full user name>, CN=<Users>, DC=<domain component>, DC=<domain component>,...".

  • Connect to computers in a domain. For example, "LDAP://CN=<computer name>, CN=<Computers>, DC=<domain component>, DC=<domain component>,...".

IIS

  • Connect to a Web directory. For example, "IIS://LocalHost/W3SVC/1/ROOT/<Web directory name>".

To bind to the current domain using LDAP, use the path "LDAP://RootDSE", then get the default naming context and rebind the entry. For example:

String str = ent.Properties["defaultNamingContext"][0];
DirectoryEntry domain = new DirectoryEntry("LDAP://" + str);

For more information, see the documentation for your provider and the topic Using Active Directory Service Interfaces in the MSDN Library at http://msdn.microsoft.com/library.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

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

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