System.DirectoryServices Namespace Overview
System.DirectoryServices is a namespace in the Microsoft .NET Framework that provides simple programming access to LDAP directories such as Microsoft Active Directory directory services. System.DirectoryServices is built on the Active Directory Service Interfacesadsi.active_directory_service_interfaces_adsi (ADSI) API. For more information about ADSI, see the topic "Active Directory Service Interfaces" in the MSDN Library at http://msdn.microsoft.com/library.
This guide is a supplement to information that is available in the .NET Framework programming guide, and provides background information about System.DirectoryServices, information about how to use System.DirectoryServices, and programming code examples. The .NET Framework programming guide contains all reference information for the System.DirectoryServices namespace.
System administrators can use System.DirectoryServices to automate tasks that manage objects in the directory.
System administrators can use System.DirectoryServices to manage network resources, such as users and computers that are stored in a directory. Developers can use System.DirectoryServices to build applications that search, create, or modify objects in a directory.
System.DirectoryServices is supported on Windows Server 2003. System.DirectoryServices can be redistributed on Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, and Windows NT 4.0, as long as the DS Client is installed on client computers. It can also be redistributed on Windows 2000 and Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003.