ADS_VLV structure

The ADS_VLV structure contains metadata used to conduct virtual list view (VLV) searches. This structure serves two roles. First, it specifies the search preferences sent to the server. Second, it returns the VLV metadata from the server.


typedef struct ADS_VLV {
  DWORD  dwBeforeCount;
  DWORD  dwAfterCount;
  DWORD  dwOffset;
  DWORD  dwContentCount;
  LPWSTR pszTarget;
  DWORD  dwContextIDLength;
  LPBYTE lpContextID;



Indicates the number of entries, before the target entry, that the client requests from the server.


Indicates the number of entries, after the target entry, that the client requests from the server.


On input, indicates the target entry's requested offset within the list. If the client specifies an offset which equals the client's assumed content count, then the target is the last entry in the list. On output, indicates the server's best estimate as to the actual offset of the returned target entry's position in the list.


The input value represents the client's estimated value for the content count. The output value is the server's estimate of the content count. If the client sends a content count of zero, this means that the server must use its estimate of the content count in place of the client's.


Optional. Null-terminated Unicode string that indicates the desired target entry requested by the client. If this parameter contains a non-NULL value, the server ignores the value specified in dwOffset and search for the first target entry whose value for the primary sort key is greater than or equal to the specified string, based on the sort order of the list.


Optional. Parameter that indicates the length of the context identifier. On input, if passing a context identifier in lpContextID, this must be set to the size of the identifier in bytes. Otherwise, it must be set equal to zero. On output, if lpContextID contains a non-NULL value, this indicates the length, in bytes, of the context ID returned by the server.


Optional. Indicates the server-generated context identifier. This parameter may be sent to clients. If a client receives this parameter, it should return it unchanged in a subsequent request which relates to the same list. This interaction may enhance the performance and effectiveness of the servers. If not passing a context identifier to the server, this member must be set to NULL value. On output, if this member contains a non-NULL value, this points to the context ID returned by the server.


To set the VLV by dwContentCount and dwOffset, you must also set the pszTarget to a NULL value. If pszTarget contains a non-NULL value, then it is used as the offset, otherwise, lOffset is used as the offset. It is recommended that you initialize the structure to zero.


The following code example shows how to retrieve the first 30 entries in a result set.

ADS_VLV vlv;

vlv.pszTarget = NULL; 
vlv.dwContextIDLength = 0;
vlv.lpContextID = NULL;

// VLV set preferences.
prefInfo[0].dwSearchPref = ADS_SEARCHPREF_VLV;
prefInfo[0].vValue.dwType = ADSTYPE_PROV_SPECIFIC;
prefInfo[0].vValue.ProviderSpecific.dwLength = sizeof(ADS_VLV);
prefInfo[0].vValue.ProviderSpecific.lpValue = (LPBYTE) &vlv;

// Sort key set preferences.
prefInfo[1].dwSearchPref = ADS_SEARCHPREF_SORT_ON;
prefInfo[1].vValue.dwType = ADSTYPE_PROV_SPECIFIC;
prefInfo[1].vValue.ProviderSpecific.dwLength = sizeof(ADS_SORTKEY);
prefInfo[1].vValue.ProviderSpecific.lpValue = (LPBYTE) pSortKey;

hr = m_pSearch->SetSearchPreference(prefInfo, 2);

The following code example shows how to retrieve the first 50 entries in a result set that start with the letters "Ha".

ADS_VLV vlv;

vlv.pszTarget= L"Ha";
vlv.lpContextID = NULL; 
vlv.dwContextIDLength = 0;

// For more information about how to set the preference, see the previous code example.

The following code example shows how to retrieve the first 100 entries at the 60% approximate target, assuming that the server previously returned dwContentCount as 4294.

Note  vlvResp represents an ADS_VLV structure previously returned by the server.

ADS_VLV vlv;

vlv.pszTarget = NULL;
vlv.dwContextIDLength = vlvResp.dwContextIDLength; 
vlv.lpContextID = vlvResp.lpContextID;


Minimum supported client

Windows Vista

Minimum supported server

Windows Server 2008



See also

How to Search Using VLV