BeginGetHostEntry Method (String, AsyncCallback, Object)
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Dns.BeginGetHostEntry Method (String, AsyncCallback, Object)

Asynchronously resolves a host name or IP address to an IPHostEntry instance.

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

<HostProtectionAttribute(SecurityAction.LinkDemand, ExternalThreading := True)> _
Public Shared Function BeginGetHostEntry ( _
	hostNameOrAddress As String, _
	requestCallback As AsyncCallback, _
	stateObject As Object _
) As IAsyncResult


Type: System.String
The host name or IP address to resolve.
Type: System.AsyncCallback
An AsyncCallback delegate that references the method to invoke when the operation is complete.
Type: System.Object
A user-defined object that contains information about the operation. This object is passed to the requestCallback delegate when the operation is complete.

Return Value

Type: System.IAsyncResult
An IAsyncResult instance that references the asynchronous request.


hostNameOrAddress is Nothing.


The length of hostNameOrAddress is greater than 255 characters.


An error is encountered when resolving hostNameOrAddress.


hostNameOrAddress is an invalid IP address.

The BeginGetHostEntry method queries a DNS server for the IP address that is associated with a host name or IP address.

Note   This member emits trace information when you enable network tracing in your application. For more information, see Network Tracing.

The asynchronous BeginGetHostEntry operation must be completed by calling the EndGetHostEntry method. Typically, the method is invoked by the requestCallback delegate.

This method does not block until the operation is complete. To block until the operation is complete, use the GetHostEntry method.

For detailed information about using the asynchronous programming model, see Calling Synchronous Methods Asynchronously.


The HostProtectionAttribute attribute applied to this type or member has the following Resources property value: ExternalThreading. The HostProtectionAttribute does not affect desktop applications (which are typically started by double-clicking an icon, typing a command, or entering a URL in a browser). For more information, see the HostProtectionAttribute class or SQL Server Programming and Host Protection Attributes.

The following code example uses the BeginGetHostEntry method to resolve an IP address to an IPHostEntry instance.

  ' Signals when the resolve has finished.
  Dim Shared GetHostEntryFinished As ManualResetEvent = New ManualResetEvent(False)

  ' Define the state object for the callback. 
  ' Use hostName to correlate calls with the proper result.
  Class ResolveState

      Dim hostName As String
      Dim resolvedIPs As IPHostEntry

      Public Sub New(host As String)
          hostName = host
      End Sub

      Public Property IPs AS IPHostEntry
              Return resolvedIPs 
          End Get
              resolvedIPs = value
          End Set
      End Property

      Public Property host As [String]
              Return hostName
          End Get     
              hostName = value
          End Set    
      End Property
  End Class

  ' Record the IPs in the state object for later use.
  Shared Sub GetHostEntryCallback(ar As IAsyncResult)

      Dim ioContext As ResolveState = ar.AsyncState

      ioContext.IPs = Dns.EndGetHostEntry(ar)
  End Sub       

  ' Determine the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for 
  ' this host asynchronously.
  Shared Sub DoGetHostEntryAsync(hostname As String)

      Dim ioContext As ResolveState = New ResolveState(hostname)

      Dns.BeginGetHostEntry(,AddressOf GetHostEntryCallback, ioContext)

      ' Wait here until the resolve completes (the callback 
      ' calls .Set())

      Console.WriteLine("EndGetHostEntry(" + + ") returns:")

      Dim ip As IPAddress() = ioContext.IPs.AddressList
      Dim index As Integer
      For index = 0 To ip.Length - 1
      Next index

  End Sub

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

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

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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