How to get the current user's Active Directory details in C#


I am working on an C# and ASP.Net application, that uses Windows Authentication.

i.e. in Web.config:

    <authentication mode="Windows" />

I want to get details for the current user (full name, email address, etc) from Active Directory.

I can get their pre Windows 2000 user login name (eg: SOMEDOMAIN\someuser) by using

string username = HttpContext.Current.Request.ServerVariables["AUTH_USER"];

I've worked out the LDAP query for the user, using their current login name (not their pre Windows 2000 user login name):

DirectorySearcher adSearch = new DirectorySearcher(
SearchResult adSearchResult = adSearch.FindOne();

However, I don't know how to either search AD for the user using their pre W2K login name, or get their login name in the '' format.

Any ideas?

5/20/2009 5:40:14 AM

Accepted Answer

The "pre Windows 2000" name i.e. DOMAIN\SomeBody, the Somebody portion is known as sAMAccountName.

So try:

using(DirectoryEntry de = new DirectoryEntry("LDAP://MyDomainController"))
   using(DirectorySearcher adSearch = new DirectorySearcher(de))
     adSearch.Filter = "(sAMAccountName=someuser)";
     SearchResult adSearchResult = adSearch.FindOne();
} is the UserPrincipalName, but it isn't a required field.

5/6/2013 6:44:54 AM

Alan already gave you the right answer - use the sAMAccountName to filter your user.

I would add a recommendation on your use of DirectorySearcher - if you only want one or two pieces of information, add them into the "PropertiesToLoad" collection of the DirectorySearcher.

Instead of retrieving the whole big user object and then picking out one or two items, this will just return exactly those bits you need.


adSearch.PropertiesToLoad.Add("sn");  // surname = last name
adSearch.PropertiesToLoad.Add("givenName");  // given (or first) name
adSearch.PropertiesToLoad.Add("mail");  // e-mail addresse
adSearch.PropertiesToLoad.Add("telephoneNumber");  // phone number

Those are just the usual AD/LDAP property names you need to specify.

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