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Method for Domain Name Determination

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000112275D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 35K

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Callaway, JR: AUTHOR [+3]


Disclosed is an application interface for determining a network domain name.

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Method for Domain Name Determination

      Disclosed is an application interface for determining a network
domain name.

      A typical user will know the name of the server(s) that he or
she uses for network tasks.  However, it is not common (or necessary)
for that user to know the name of the domain that a particular server
belongs to.  In some network operating systems, details such as a
server's domain are often hidden to make network tasks easier for the

      This becomes a problem, however, when a user's account password
expires on a domain.  If they are unable to determine the domain
name, they will be unable to change their password.

      There is no programmatic method available for a user with an
expired account password to retrieve the name of a domain or
workgroup that a server belongs to.

      A new Application Programming Interface (API),
NetDomainGetInfo, was created to solve this problem.  This API is
remotable to a particular server over a null session, which means
that the user need not be logged on to use this API.  Specifically,
the target server indicated below will accept this particular request
from any client regardless of origin.

The API is structured as follows:

     API_ENTRY NetDomainGetInfo (PCHAR TargetServer,
                                    ULONG Level,
                                    PCHAR ReturnBuffer,