How to get programmatically the LAN servers IP address my application is started from

Posted on 2009-04-07
Last Modified: 2013-12-03
I want programmatically determine the IP address of the LAN server in a application that is started on a client but whose exe file resides on the server. So I don't want the IP address of the PC the application is running on (client) but is started from (server).
Can somebody help with some code. Delphi is preferred but any other programming language is also appreciated.

Thanks, Bruno

Question by:Bruno Buesser
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That will depend - are you starting the app via an UNC path or from a mapped drive?

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by:Bruno Buesser
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That depends on the customer who installs the application. So I think I should have a solution for both UNC and mapped drive.
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For UNC paths, that is quite simple - just extract the server name from that path (i.e. the name between '\\' and the next following backslash) and call 'gethostbyname()' to obtain the IP address. For a mapped drive, things are more difficult. You have to obtain the drive letter first and look that one up from the information returned by 'NetUseEnum()' (see e.g. on how to use that) to get the share's UNC path from 'ui2_remote' in 'USE_INFO_2' and proceed as above. Alternatively, you could also do that using 'WNetEnumResource()' (

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by:Bruno Buesser
ID: 24226214
That's my Delphi solution:

function GetComputerName: string;
  ComputerName: array[0..MAX_COMPUTERNAME_LENGTH+1] of Char;
  Size: DWORD;
  if Windows.GetComputerNameA(ComputerName, Size) then
     Result:= ComputerName
     Result:= '';
function GetHostIP: string;
{ Get IP from Computer my applicatio is started from.
  Returns an empty string in case of errors
  ParamStr(0) may have 3 different path types:
  1. Local path:       C:\mydirectory\myapplication.exe
  2. Mapped drive:     O:\<sharename>\mydirectory\myapplication.exe
  3. UNC Network path: \\<servername>\<sharename>\mydirectory\myapplication.exe
  S: string;
  ServerName: string;
  WSAData: TWSAData;
  HostEnt: PHostEnt;
  Index: Integer;
  ServerName:= '';
  S:= ExpandUNCFileName(ParamStr(0));  // Returns also UNC path for mapped drives
  if Pos('\\',S) > 0 then
    S:= Copy(S,3,Length(S)-3);
    Index:= Pos('\',S);
    if Index > 0 then
      ServerName:= Copy(S,1,Index-1);
  end else
    ServerName:= GetComputerName;
  if ServerName <> '' then
    HostEnt:= GetHostByName(PChar(ServerName));
    WSAStartup(2, WSAData);
      with HostEnt^ do
        Result:= Format('%d.%d.%d.%d',[Byte(h_addr^[0]),Byte(h_addr^[1]),Byte(h_addr^[2]),Byte(h_addr^[3])]);
  end else
    Result:= '';

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Thanks for sharing!

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