This function allows an NDIS intermediate driver's MiniportInitialize function to access the device context area allocated by its ProtocolBindAdapter function.

NDIS_HANDLE NdisIMGetDeviceContext(
  NDIS_HANDLE MiniportAdapterHandle


  • MiniportAdapterHandle
    [in] Specifies the handle input to MiniportInitialize.

Return Values

The following table shows the return values for this function.

Value Description
NDISIMGETDEVICECONTEXT Returns access to the device context area for the virtual NIC identified by MiniportAdapterHandle.
NULL If the driver's ProtocolBindAdapter function did not allocate such a device context area.


An NDIS intermediate driver's MiniportInitialize function calls NdisIMGetDeviceContext to access the device context area for the virtual NIC it is initializing. Usually, the memory for such an area is provided by the intermediate driver's ProtocolBindAdapter function, which calls NdisIMInitializeDeviceInstanceEx with a pointer to this area, thereby causing the driver's MiniportInitialize function to be called. However, an intermediate driver is not required to have such a context area.

On return from NdisIMGetDeviceContext, MiniportInitialize sets up the driver-defined state for the virtual NIC with whatever information the intermediate driver writer intends to be useful to still higher-level protocols that bind themselves subsequently to its virtual NIC.

Still higher level NDIS protocols bound to the same virtual NIC subsequently can access this device context area by calling NdisIMGetBindingContext from their ProtocolBindAdapter functions.


OS Versions: Windows CE .NET 4.0 and later.
Header: Ndis.h.

See Also

MiniportInitialize | NdisIMGetBindingContext | NdisIMInitializeDeviceInstanceEx | ProtocolBindAdapter

 Last updated on Tuesday, May 18, 2004

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