VB.Net access to the Active Directory

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I have a VB.Net program that connects to AD using DirectoryServices. I can locate a user and retrieve properties for the account. My problem is that the search retrievs only certain properties using the PropertiesToLoad functionality, one of which is the users home directory, however if the home directory is blank for a given user then i get an 'Object reference not set to an instance of an object.' error when trying to put the property.value into a variable.

I have posted the portion of the code that is failing it fails on the _HomeDirPath = Results.GetDirectoryEntry().Properties("homedirectory").Value.ToString

It appears that the property is not loaded if blank is there a way i can check for the property not being loaded.

            _DSearch.Filter = "(&(objectClass=user) (SAMAccountName=" + UserID + "))"
            Dim Results As SearchResult = _DSearch.FindOne()
            _CommonName = Results.GetDirectoryEntry().Properties("CN").Value
            _DistinguishedName = Results.GetDirectoryEntry().Properties("distinguishedName").Value
            _HomeDirPath = Results.GetDirectoryEntry().Properties("homedirectory").Value.ToString
            If Not _HomeDirPath.EndsWith(System.IO.Path.DirectorySeparatorChar.ToString()) Then
                _HomeDirPath &= System.IO.Path.DirectorySeparatorChar
            End If
            _SurName = Results.GetDirectoryEntry().Properties("SN").Value
            _UserProfile = UserID
        Catch ex As Exception

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Put that in a separate try/catch block, and in the catch section set the variable to "?".  Then after you exit that try/catch, just check the value.  If it's "?" then you know the AD value was blank.



Thanks for that, dont know why i didnt think of that myself.

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