Useful Shortcuts for Developers

Summary

At this point, we know just enough about System.DirectoryServices.ActiveDirectory to be dangerous. Instead of an exhaustive study of the entire namespace, we took the approach of focusing on the features most relevant to enterprise developers.

The DirectoryContext class is the starting point for nearly everything else in SDS.AD. We demonstrated how to use it correctly to build some of the core objects such as the Forest, Domain, and DirectoryServer classes. We also discussed how its parameters determine what type of object will be built, what directory we will connect to, and what security context we'll use.

Our favorite feature of SDS.AD is the integration of the Domain Controller Locator. We showed how we can locate domain controllers in Active Directory using a variety of options and demonstrated how to enumerate domain controllers. We got under the hood a little bit and discussed how the Active Directory RPC APIs are used to make all of this work.

We then continued with our discussion of the Active Directory RPC APIs with a listing of what they do and which ones are used in SDS.AD. This deeper understanding helps us to know how SDS.AD does its magic.

We wrapped up with some of our favorite little features in SDS.AD that make our lives easier when programming in plain-old SDS.

Part I: Fundamentals

Introduction to LDAP and Active Directory

Introduction to .NET Directory Services Programming

Binding and CRUD Operations with DirectoryEntry

Searching with the DirectorySearcher

Advanced LDAP Searches

Reading and Writing LDAP Attributes

Active Directory and ADAM Schema

Security in Directory Services Programming

Introduction to the ActiveDirectory Namespace

Part II: Practical Applications

User Management

Group Management

Authentication

Part III: Appendixes

Appendix A. Three Approaches to COM Interop with ADSI

Appendix B. LDAP Tools for Programmers

Appendix C. Troubleshooting and Help

Index



The. NET Developer's Guide to Directory Services Programming
The .NET Developers Guide to Directory Services Programming
ISBN: 0321350170
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 165

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