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Get the MEMBERS of an ACTIVE DIRECTORY GROUP, and LIST the FULL NAMES and USERNAMES

Posted on 2006-07-10
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Technologies: Windows Server 2003, Active Directory, Visual Basic .NET 2005, .NET Framework 2.0

I am writing an application that unlocks user accounts and resets their passwords. Performing those actions isn't a problem. However, to make the process more user-friendly, I am adding a drop-down box of users that can be used to find the user to unlock/change password.

The DropDown Box should show a list of the Full Names (John Doe, John Smith etc) of all the users of a Domain Group, but the actual values of the entries should be the logon name in Active Directory (john.doe, john.smith etc).

I want some way to connect to Active Directory, find the group (it is NOT Domain Users), list the members of the group (list both their Full Name and their username/logon name), and populate the Text & Value properties of the DropDown Box items with the entries from Active Directory.

Connecting to active directory is fine, as is databinding the DropDown Box, I basically just need to get a table with two columns, Username and Fullname, of all the members of a specified group.

Thanks in advance!
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Still can't work it out I'm afraid, does anyone have any code snippets?
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This is from MSDN the link I sent you:
Try
' Bind to the users container.
Dim entry As New DirectoryEntry("LDAP://CN=users,DC=fabrikam,DC=com")
' Create a DirectorySearcher object.
Dim mySearcher As New DirectorySearcher(entry)
' Create a SearchResultCollection object to hold a collection of SearchResults
' returned by the FindAll method.
Dim result As SearchResultCollection = mySearcher.FindAll()
' Create an object to hold a single result from the result collection.
Dim resEnt1 As SearchResult
' Get search results. For more information, see Getting Search Results.
'
' This sample uses Try...Catch to catch errors.
' Create an Exception object. For more information, see System.Exception.
Catch Else
    Dim exception As New System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException()
    Console.WriteLine(exception)
Catch Else
    Dim InvOpEx As New InvalidOperationException()
    Console.WriteLine(InvOpEx.Message)
Catch Else
    Dim NotSuppEx As New NotSupportedException()
    Console.WriteLine(NotSuppEx.Message)

End Try
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did you get your app to work?
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