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I'm creating a group using this:
Dim group As DirectoryEntry = adEntry.Children.Add(strCN,"group")

At this point, while debugging, I can use
debug.print group.justcreated
and it returns True.

However, if I try to access that value in my code, I get
justcreated is not a member of system.directoryservices.directoryentry
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Question by:sirbounty
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by:unknown_routine
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justcreated is not currency a member of directoryentry.

You can see the list of members here:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.directoryservices.directoryentry_members(v=vs.71).aspx


I guess what you see could be the reason of incompatibility between different versions of .NEt Framework.


I suggest to you Exist method instead of justcreated . Exists is in all version of ,Net Framework.

debug.print group.Exists("c\MyFolder")
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by:sirbounty
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.exists doesn't work for what I'm trying to do...  this is not a directory as in a folder, this is a directory as in Active Directory object...
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Robert Schutt earned 2000 total points
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JustCreated is a private member which normally cannot be used in your own code (only inside the class itself) but is visible to the debugger.

If you add your variable group to the watch list, you will see a number of members/properties/methods that have an icon with a key to the left of it. That indicates they're private.
capture watchlistYou can get to the value of private members using Reflection:
Imports System.Reflection
' ...
        'Dim group As New DirectoryEntry() ' my test object
        Dim typDirectoryEntry As Type = GetType(DirectoryEntry) ' or group.GetType()
        For Each objMemberInfo As MemberInfo In typDirectoryEntry.GetMembers(BindingFlags.Instance Or BindingFlags.NonPublic)
            Console.WriteLine("name: {0}", objMemberInfo.Name)
            If objMemberInfo.Name = "JustCreated" Then Console.WriteLine("found it! value = {0}", typDirectoryEntry.GetField(objMemberInfo.Name, -1).GetValue(group).ToString)
        Next

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by:sirbounty
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Holidays...will check soon and get back to you.  Thanks.
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by:sirbounty
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Brilliant.  I've maxed the points because this is going to be very useful.  Thanks! :^)
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