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SearchResult Class

The SearchResult class encapsulates a node in the Active Directory Domain Services hierarchy that is returned during a search through DirectorySearcher.

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

[DirectoryServicesPermissionAttribute(SecurityAction.LinkDemand, Unrestricted = true)]
public class SearchResult

Instances of the SearchResult class are very similar to instances of DirectoryEntry class. The crucial difference is that the DirectoryEntry class retrieves its information from the Active Directory Domain Services hierarchy each time a new object is accessed, whereas the data for SearchResult is already available in the SearchResultCollection, where it gets returned from a query that is performed with the DirectorySearcher class. Only those properties that are specified through the DirectorySearcher.PropertiesToLoad collection in your query will be available from SearchResult.

The following example creates a new DirectoryEntry object with the desired path and uses the FindOne method to initiate the search. After performing the search, the example uses the GetDirectoryEntry method to retrieve the live directory entry identified in the search results.

using System;
using System.DirectoryServices;

public class MySample
    public static void Main()
        string myLDAPPath = "";
            // Create a 'DirectoryEntry' object to search.
            Console.WriteLine("Enter the path ( Ex : 'LDAP://MyServer')");
            myLDAPPath = Console.ReadLine();

            DirectoryEntry mySearchRoot = new DirectoryEntry(myLDAPPath);
            DirectorySearcher myDirectorySearcher = 
                    new DirectorySearcher(mySearchRoot);

            // Get the first entry of the search.
            SearchResult mySearchResult = myDirectorySearcher.FindOne();

            if ( mySearchResult != null )
                // Get the 'DirectoryEntry' that corresponds to 'mySearchResult'.
                DirectoryEntry myDirectoryEntry = 
                Console.WriteLine("\nThe name of the 'myDirectoryEntry' " +
                        "directory entry that corresponds to the " +
                        "'mySearchResult' search result is : {0}\n",
                string mySearchResultPath = mySearchResult.Path;
                Console.WriteLine("The path for the 'mySearchResult' search "
                        + "result is : {0}\n", mySearchResultPath);

                // Get the properties of the 'mySearchResult'.
                ResultPropertyCollection myResultPropColl;
                myResultPropColl = mySearchResult.Properties;
                Console.WriteLine("The properties of the " + 
                        "'mySearchResult' are :");

                foreach( string myKey in myResultPropColl.PropertyNames)
                    string tab = "    ";
                    Console.WriteLine(myKey + " = ");
                    foreach( Object myCollection in myResultPropColl[myKey])
                        Console.WriteLine(tab + myCollection);
                Console.WriteLine("The '" + myLDAPPath + "' path not found.");
        catch(Exception e)
            Console.WriteLine("The '" + myLDAPPath + "' path not found.");
            Console.WriteLine("Exception : " + e.Message);



Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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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