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Path Property

DirectoryEntry.Path Property

Gets or sets the path for this DirectoryEntry.

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

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public string Path { get; set; }
/** @property */
public String get_Path ()

/** @property */
public void set_Path (String value)

public function get Path () : String

public function set Path (value : String)

Not applicable.

Property Value

The path of this DirectoryEntry object. The default is an empty string ("").

The Path property uniquely identifies this entry in a networked environment. This entry can always be retrieved using this Path.

Setting the Path retrieves a new entry from the directory store; it does not change the path of the currently bound entry.

The classes associated with the DirectoryEntry component can be used with any of the Active Directory service providers. Some of the current providers are Internet Information Services (IIS), Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), Novell NetWare Directory Service (NDS), and WinNT.

NoteNote:

The section of the Path that identifies the provider (precedes "://") is case-sensitive. For example, "LDAP://" or "WinNT://".

The syntax for the Path property varies according to the provider. Some common scenarios are:

WinNT

  • Connect to a group on a computer. For example, "WinNT://<domain name>/<computer name>/<group name>". If you are connecting to a local computer, "WinNT://<computer name>/<group name>".

  • Connect to a user on a computer. For example, "WinNT://<domain name>/<computer name>/<user name>". If you are connecting to a local computer, "WinNT://<computer name>/<user name>".

  • Connect to services on a computer. For example, "WinNT://<domain name>/<computer name>/<service name>". If you are connecting to a local computer, "WinNT://<computer name>/<service name>".

  • Discover all domains on the network. For example, "WinNT:" The domains can be found by enumerating the children of this entry.

LDAP

  • Connect to a group in a domain. For example, "LDAP://CN=<group name>, CN =<Users>, DC=<domain component>, DC=<domain component>,...".

  • Connect to a user in a domain. For example, "LDAP://CN=<full user name>, CN=<Users>, DC=<domain component>, DC=<domain component>,...".

  • Connect to computers in a domain. For example, "LDAP://CN=<computer name>, CN=<Computers>, DC=<domain component>, DC=<domain component>,...".

IIS

  • Connect to a Web directory. For example, "IIS://LocalHost/W3SVC/1/ROOT/<Web directory name>".

To bind to the current domain using LDAP, use the path "LDAP://RootDSE", then get the default naming context and rebind the entry. For example:

String str = ent.Properties["defaultNamingContext"][0];
DirectoryEntry domain = new DirectoryEntry("LDAP://" + str);

For more information, see the documentation for your provider and the topic Using Active Directory Services Interface in the MSDN Library at http://msdn.microsoft.com/library.

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

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

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