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How to get the sAMAccountName of a foreign security principal (C#)

How to get the sAMAccountName of a foreign security principal (C#)

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Hi all,

The following sample shows a couple of ways to get the sAMAccountName of a foreign security principal in your Active Directory. Needless to say, the recommended approach is the one that uses .NET classes over the one that uses Adssecurity.dll:

 

 

using System;
using System.DirectoryServices;
using ADSSECURITYLib;
using System.Security.Principal;

namespace MySample
{
class Program
{
static void Main(string[] args)
{
string sAMAccountName = "";

// Get sAMAccountName with Adssecurity.dll. You will have to add to your project a reference to this COM dll
sAMAccountName = GetSamAccountNameWithADSSECURITYLib("LDAP://CN=S-1-5-21-100066778-12312342-412341235-513,CN=ForeignSecurityPrincipals,DC=domain,DC=com");
Console.WriteLine(sAMAccountName);

// Get sAMAccountName with .NET
sAMAccountName = GetSamAccountNameWithDotNET("LDAP://CN=S-1-5-21-100066778-12312342-412341235-513,CN=ForeignSecurityPrincipals,DC=domain,DC=com");
Console.WriteLine(sAMAccountName);
}

static string GetSamAccountNameWithADSSECURITYLib(string ldapPath)
{
const int ADS_SID_RAW = 0;
const int ADS_SID_SAM = 2;

string sAMAccountName = "";

try
{
DirectoryEntry user = new DirectoryEntry(ldapPath);

// Get the SID
object objectSid = user.InvokeGet("objectSid");

// Resolve the SID into its sAMAcountName.
ADsSIDClass sid = new ADsSIDClass();
sid.SetAs(ADS_SID_RAW, objectSid);
sAMAccountName = sid.GetAs(ADS_SID_SAM).ToString();
}
catch (Exception ex)
{
Console.WriteLine(ex.Message);
}

return sAMAccountName;
}

static string GetSamAccountNameWithDotNET(string ldapPath)
{
string sAMAccountName = "";

try
{
DirectoryEntry user = new DirectoryEntry(ldapPath);

// Get the SID
object objectSid = user.InvokeGet("objectSid");

// Resolve the SID into its sAMAcountName.
SecurityIdentifier sid = new SecurityIdentifier((byte[])objectSid, 0);
NTAccount account = (NTAccount)sid.Translate(typeof(NTAccount));
sAMAccountName = account.ToString();
}
catch (Exception ex)
{
Console.WriteLine(ex.Message);
}

return sAMAccountName;
}

}
}

 

 

 

I hope this helps.

Regards,

 

Alex (Alejandro Campos Magencio)

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