DirectoryEntry.NativeGuid Property

Gets the GUID of the DirectoryEntry, as returned from the provider.

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

<DSDescriptionAttribute("DSNativeGuid")> _
<BrowsableAttribute(False)> _
Public ReadOnly Property NativeGuid As String

Property Value

Type: System.String
A Guid structure that represents the GUID of the DirectoryEntry, as returned from the provider.

Use the NativeGuid property when binding an object in Active Directory Domain Services.


The Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) provider returns the globally unique identifier of a DirectoryEntry in a different format than the Internet Information Services (IIS), Novell NetWare Directory Server (NDS), and WinNT providers.

The following example demonstrates the Guid and NativeGuid properties of the DirectoryEntry class. This example gets the user-specified DirectoryEntry and displays its Guid and NativeGuid properties.

Dim myADSPath As [String] = "LDAP://onecity/CN=Users,
Dim myDirectoryEntry As New DirectoryEntry(myADSPath)

' Display the Guid and NativeGuid.
Console.WriteLine("The GUID of the ADS object:" + myDirectoryEntry.Guid.ToString)
Console.WriteLine("The Native GUID of the ADS" + "object:" + 

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 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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