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Posted 10 Apr 2011

A VB.NET example to list computers in your domain

, 12 Apr 2011
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A small example of how to list computers in your domain
You can type the "net view" DOS command to get the list of computers or shared resources in your workgroup. If you want to achieve a similar thing in the code the following example can help.

Add System.DirectoryServices and System.Net references to your project and import them. The following code lists all "computers" in your domain.
Public Function GetComputers() As String
Dim result As String = ""

' Get the domin name
Dim ipproperties As NetworkInformation.IPGlobalProperties = NetworkInformation.IPGlobalProperties.GetIPGlobalProperties()
Dim domain As String = ipproperties.DomainName

Dim domainEntry As DirectoryEntry = New DirectoryEntry("WinNT://" + domain)

For Each computer As DirectoryEntry In domainEntry.Children
    result = result & computer.Name & Environment.NewLine

Return result

End Function

If you want to get the list of users instead of computers then change the line containing Add("computer") to Add("user").

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Morris Bahrami
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I have over 17 years of experience in software development in a variety of fields. For last 7 years the emphasis has been mostly on .NET technology (C# and VB.NET) which includes WPF, WCF and ASP.NET AJAX. Also have SQL Server experience including SSIS and SSRS. My blog ( has a collection of tips and general info for Microsoft Developers.

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