The ldap_connect function establishes a connection with the server.
WINLDAPAPI ULONG LDAPAPI ldap_connect( LDAP *ld, l_timeval *timeout );
The session handle obtained from ldap_init.
A pointer to an LDAP_TIMEVAL structure that specifies the number of seconds to spend in an attempt to establish a connection before a timeout. If NULL, the function uses a default timeout value.
If the function succeeds, LDAP_SUCCESS is returned.
If the function fails, an error code is returned. For more information, see Return Values.
Although it is not required that a client call ldap_connect to establish a connection to the server, it is good programming practice to do so. If the connection does not exist, other functions, for example, ldap_bind_s, perform the call internally. However, if you have to troubleshoot this part of your application, establishing the connection prior to making the call to some other function, for example ldap_bind_s, will also separate the possible problems if the connection fails. Alternately, you can specify additional options on the connection block. For example, a client can call ldap_init to initialize a session, then call ldap_connect, with a non-NULL timeout parameter value, to connect to the server with a specified time-out.
If the call to ldap_connect succeeds, the client is connected to the LDAP server as an anonymous user. The session handle should be freed with a call to ldap_unbind when it is no longer required.
If the ldap_connect call fails, the session handle should be freed with a call to ldap_unbind when no longer required for error recovery.
|Minimum supported client||Windows Vista|
|Minimum supported server||Windows Server 2008|