Active Directory Provider::Make Path Domain
Forces a lightweight directory access protocol (LDAP) path to be
specific to a Active Directory directory service domain controller.
Used by Microsoft Provisioning Framework (MPF).
Using a single preferred domain controller eliminates
replication delays that arise between multiple controllers. It is
also useful if a transaction provisions another service that uses
Active Directory, and you know which domain controller it is most
likely to use. For example, if the other service is Exchange 2000
and the Exchange server is in a particular Active Directory Site,
that site's domain controller should be the preferred domain
If the LDAP path already contains an IP address, the procedure
assumes that this address represents a domain controller and
returns the path unchanged. Otherwise, it updates the path with the
preferred domain controller's Domain Name System (DNS) name. If no
preferred domain controller is specified or if the controller does
not respond, the procedure performs a serverless bind for the LDAP
path. The procedure also checks whether the original server and the
preferred domain controller are in the same Active Directory
domain. If they are not, it returns a
If the domainController element is specified, the
dcPath element will use that domain controller. This
overrides the value in the preferredDomainController
element. If the domainController element was not specified,
a domainController element is returned with the domain
controller that was picked to create dcPath.
Note Before using this procedure, see whether the
Preferred DC Active Directory Provider can save you some time.
This namespace executes Active Directory operations with a binding
to the specified domain controller.