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DirectoryEntry.NativeGuid Property

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

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

public string NativeGuid { get; }

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.

String myADSPath = "LDAP://onecity/CN=Users,
DirectoryEntry myDirectoryEntry=new DirectoryEntry(myADSPath);

// Display the Guid and NativeGuid.
Console.WriteLine("The GUID of the ADS object:"+
Console.WriteLine("The Native GUID of the ADS"+

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0