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How do I use .NET ValidateCredentials when disconnected from a network

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Hi.

In a Windows Forms, .NET 3.5 application, I am validating user (login) authentication using a domain account with cached credentials, disconnected from *my* domain network.  If I am connected to *any* network, even a rogue wireless network the ValidateCredentials() works correctly.  However, when I disconnect from the network, I get this PrincipalOperationException exception:

"The network location cannot be reached. For information about network troubleshooting, see Windows Help. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x800704CF.

Is there a way to ValidateCredentials() without being connected to a network?
using (PrincipalContext context = new PrincipalContext(ContextType.Machine))
{
     valid = context.ValidateCredentials(txtUserName.Text, txtPassWord.Text);
}

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Well, if you take a look to Active Directory you'll see that it's emptied, basically AD object are never stored locally.
"Active Directory is a directory service used to store information about the network resources across a domain and also centralize the network. Physically the Active Directory information is held on one or more equal peer domain controllers (DCs), replacing the NT PDC/BDC model."
Therefore you cannot use AD related methods without a network.

A better approach would be WindowsIdentity
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