Unloading a Provider Module

To unload a provider module, the operating system calls the provider module's Unload function. See Initializing and Registering a Provider Module for more information about how to specify a provider module's Unload function during initialization.

A provider module's Unload function ensures that the provider module is deregistered from the Network Module Registrar (NMR) before the provider module is unloaded from system memory. A provider module initiates deregistration from the NMR by calling the NmrDeregisterProvider function, which it typically calls from its Unload function. A provider module must not return from its Unload function until after it has been completely deregistered from the NMR. If the call to NmrDeregisterProvider returns STATUS_PENDING, the provider module must call the NmrWaitForProviderDeregisterComplete function to wait for the deregistration to complete before it returns from its Unload function.

For example:

// Variable containing the handle for the registration
HANDLE ProviderHandle;

// Unload function
    IN PDRIVER_OBJECT DriverObject
  NTSTATUS Status;

  // Deregister the provider module from the NMR
  Status =

  // Check if pending
  if (Status == STATUS_PENDING)
    // Wait for the deregistration to be completed

  // An error occurred
    // Handle error

If a provider module is registered as a provider of multiple Network Programming Interfaces (NPIs), it must call NmrDeregisterProvider for each NPI that it supports. If a network module is registered as both a provider module and a client module (that is, it is a provider of one NPI and a client of another NPI), it must call both NmrDeregisterProvider and NmrDeregisterClient.

A network module must wait until all of the deregistrations are complete before returning from its Unload function.

A provider module is not required to call NmrDeregisterProvider from within its Unload function. For example, in the situation where a provider module is a subcomponent of a complex driver, the deregistration of the provider module might occur when the provider module subcomponent is deactivated. However, in such a situation the driver must still ensure that the provider module has been completely deregistered from the NMR before returning from its Unload function.