ADsGetObject function (adshlp.h)

The ADsGetObject function binds to an object given its path and a specified interface identifier.


  [in]  LPCWSTR lpszPathName,
  [in]  REFIID  riid,
  [out] VOID    **ppObject


[in] lpszPathName


The null-terminated Unicode string that specifies the path used to bind to the object in the underlying directory service. For more information and code examples for binding strings for this parameter, see LDAP ADsPath and WinNT ADsPath.

[in] riid


Interface identifier for a specified interface on this object.

[out] ppObject

Type: VOID**

Pointer to a pointer to the requested Interface.

Return value


This method supports the standard HRESULT return values, as well as the following.

For more information about other return values, see ADSI Error Codes.


A C/C++ client calls the ADsGetObject helper function to bind to an ADSI object. It is equivalent to a Visual Basic client calling the GetObject function. They both take an ADsPath as input and returns a pointer to the requested interface. By default the binding uses ADS_SECURE_AUTHENTICATION option with the security context of the calling thread. However, if the authentication fails, the secure bind is downgraded to an anonymous bind, for example, a simple bind without user credentials. To securely bind to an ADSI object, use the ADsOpenObject function instead of the ADsGetObject function.

For a code example that shows how to use ADsOpenObject, see Binding With GetObject and ADsGetObject.

It is possible to bind to an ADSI object with a user credential different from that of the currently logged-on user. To perform this operation, use the ADsOpenObject function.


Minimum supported client Windows Vista
Minimum supported server Windows Server 2008
Target Platform Windows
Header adshlp.h
Library Activeds.lib
DLL Activeds.dll

See also

ADSI Error Codes

ADSI Functions


Binding With GetObject and ADsGetObject