DirectoryEntry.NativeGuid Property


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

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

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:" + 

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