The Native serialization format uses a very simple algorithm that enables SQL Server to store an efficient representation of the UDT on disk. Types marked for Native serialization can only have value types (structs in Microsoft Visual C# and structures in Microsoft Visual Basic .NET) as members. Members of reference types (such as classes in Visual C# and Visual Basic), either user-defined or those existing in the framework (such as String), are not supported.
The requirements for this format are:
The StructLayout.LayoutKindSequential attribute must be applied to the aggregate or UDT if it is defined in a class and not a structure. This controls the physical layout of the data fields, and is used to force the members to be laid out sequentially in the order they appear. SQL Server uses this attribute to determine the field order for UDTs with multiple fields.
The type must contain at least one member (serialized values cannot be zero bytes in size).
All the fields of the aggregate must be blittable, that is, they must have a common representation in both managed and unmanaged memory and not require special handling by the interop marshaler.
The following example shows the UserDefinedType attribute of the Point UDT. The UDT is byte-ordered, is named "Point", has a validation method named "ValidatePoint", and uses the native serialization format.
Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2