DsRestoreGetDatabaseLocations function

[This function is available for use in the operating systems specified in the Requirements section. It may be altered or unavailable in subsequent versions. Beginning with Windows Vista, use Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) instead.]

The DsRestoreGetDatabaseLocations function obtains the locations where backup files should be copied during a restore operation.


HRESULT DsRestoreGetDatabaseLocations(
  _In_  HBC     hbc,
  _Out_ LPWSTR  *pszDatabaseLocationList,
  _Out_ LPDWORD pcbSize


hbc [in]

Contains the restoration context handle obtained with the DsRestorePrepare function.

pszDatabaseLocationList [out]

Pointer to a string pointer that receives the list of database locations as UNC paths. This list receives a double null-terminated list of single null-terminated strings.

This buffer is allocated by the DsRestoreGetDatabaseLocations function and must be freed when it is no longer required by calling the DsBackupFree function.

The first character of each of the file names contains one of the BFT Constants that identifies the name type. The DsRestoreGetDatabaseLocations function only supplies the following name types.


The NTDS database file should be copied to this file. This is the file that was identified as BFT_NTDS_DATABASE when the backup was performed.


All log files are copied to this directory. The log files were identified as BFT_LOG when the backup was performed.


All patch files are copied to this directory. The patch files were identified as BFT_PATCH_FILE when the backup was performed.

pcbSize [out]

Pointer to DWORD value that receives the size, in bytes, of the pszDatabaseLocationList buffer.

Return value

Returns S_OK if the function is successful or a Win32 or RPC error code otherwise. The following list lists possible error codes.


The caller does not have the proper access privileges to call this function. The DsSetAuthIdentity function can be used to set the credentials to use for the backup and restore functions.


hbc, pszDatabaseLocationList, or pcbSize are invalid.


A memory allocation failure occurred.


The DsRestoreGetDatabaseLocations function can be used to obtain the restoration directories without access to the backed up data. To do this, call DsRestorePrepare with NULL for the pvExpiryToken parameter. This causes DsRestorePrepare to return a restricted context handle which can only be used with the DsRestoreGetDatabaseLocations function.


Requirement Value
Minimum supported client
Windows Vista
Minimum supported server
Windows Server 2008
Unicode and ANSI names
DsRestoreGetDatabaseLocationsW (Unicode) and DsRestoreGetDatabaseLocationsA (ANSI)

See also



Directory Backup Functions

Restoring Active Directory