ICertManageModule::GetProperty method (certmod.h)

The GetProperty method retrieves a module's property value.


HRESULT GetProperty(
  [in]          const BSTR strConfig,
  [in]          BSTR       strStorageLocation,
  [in]          BSTR       strPropertyName,
  [in]          LONG       Flags,
  [out, retval] VARIANT    *pvarProperty


[in] strConfig

Represents the configuration string for the Certificate Services server in the form COMPUTERNAME\CANAME, where COMPUTERNAME is the Certificate Services server's network name, and CANAME is the common name of the certification authority (CA) as entered for the CA during Certificate Services setup. For information about the configuration string name, see ICertConfig.

[in] strStorageLocation

A registry key that denotes the storage location in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE hive for the property values. This value is in the following form:


The CAName is the name of the certification authority's configuration string, PolicyOrExitModules will be either "Policy" or "Exit" (depending on whether a Policy or Exit module applies to this implementation of ICertManageModule), and MyModule.PolicyOrExit is the application-specific identifier for the module. Note that CAName is the sanitized name for the certification authority. For information about the sanitized name, see ICertConfig::GetConfig. The use of this storage location is for future use.

[in] strPropertyName

The name of the property being queried. Policy and exit modules should support the following properties.

Value Meaning
Name of the module.
Description of the module.
Copyright pertaining to the module.
File Version
Version of the module file.
Product Version
Version of the module.

[in] Flags

This parameter is reserved and must be set to zero.

[out, retval] pvarProperty

A pointer to a VARIANT that is the retrieved value for the property specified by strPropertyName.

Return value


If the method succeeds, the method returns S_OK.

If the method fails, it returns an HRESULT value that indicates the error. For a list of common error codes, see Common HRESULT Values.


The return value is a Variant that represents the value of the property named strPropertyName.


Implementing ICertManageModule allows the Certificate Services Manager to retrieve the module's properties by calling GetProperty. The properties can then be displayed in Certificate Services Manager property pages for Policy and Exit Modules. The Certificate Services Manager will pass the location referenced by strStorageLocation to this module, and in future versions the implementation of this method can then use this location as needed. The following example does not use strStorageLocation but instead, maintains the property values in memory.


#include <windows.h>
#include <Certmod.h>

HRESULT CCertManagePolicyModule::GetProperty(
            /* [in] */ const BSTR strConfig,
            /* [in] */ BSTR strStorageLocation,
            /* [in] */ BSTR strPropertyName,
            /* [in] */ LONG Flags,
            /* [retval][out] */ VARIANT *pvarProperty)
    // Array of property Names.
    // These values are defined in Certmod.h.
    wchar_t const * awszPropName[] =

    // Array of property Values.
    // These values are module-specific, and
    // correspond to the property names in    
    // awszPropName (same index).
    wchar_t const * awszPropValue[] = 
        L"MyModule",                      // NAME
        L"Description of MyModule",       // DESCRIPTION
        L"Copyright 1998",                // COPYRIGHT
        L"1.0",                           // FILE VERSION
        L"1.0"                            // PRODUCT VERSION
    int     i;
    bool    bFound = FALSE;
    HRESULT hr;

    // Return appropriate error if strPropertyName is NULL.
    if (NULL == strPropertyName)
        return E_INVALIDARG;

    // Return appropriate error if pvarProperty is NULL.
    if (NULL == pvarProperty)
        return E_POINTER;
    // Determine whether the requested property is in the Name array.
    for (i=0; i<sizeof(awszPropName)/sizeof(wchar_t *); i++)
        if (!wcscmp( strPropertyName, awszPropName[i]))        
            bFound = TRUE;  // Found the index for the property.
    if ( !bFound )
        return S_FALSE;     // Requested property not found.

    // Allocate storage for the property value.
    pvarProperty->bstrVal = SysAllocString(awszPropValue[i]);
    if (NULL == pvarProperty->bstrVal)
        return E_OUTOFMEMORY;   

    pvarProperty->vt = VT_BSTR;

    return S_OK;


Minimum supported client None supported
Minimum supported server Windows Server 2003 [desktop apps only]
Target Platform Windows
Header certmod.h (include Certsrv.h)
Library Certidl.lib

See also