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How to enumerate all fields of an object by using the CDOEX library and the ExOLEDB provider in Visual Basic .NET

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This article was previously published under Q314378
Caution ADO and ADO MD have not been fully tested in a Microsoft .NET Framework environment. They may cause intermittent issues, especially in service-based applications or in multithreaded applications. The techniques that are discussed in this article should only be used as a temporary measure during migration to ADO.NET. You should only use these techniques after you have conducted complete testing to make sure that there are no compatibility issues. Any issues that are caused by using ADO or ADO MD in this manner are unsupported. For more information, see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
840667 ( ) You receive unexpected errors when using ADO and ADO MD in a .NET Framework application
For a Microsoft Visual C# .NET version of this article, see 310203 ( ) .
For a Microsoft Visual C# .NET version of this article, see 310203 ( ) .

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This article describes how to use Microsoft Collaboration Data Objects (CDO) for the Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server Library (CDOEX) to enumerate all fields of an object in Microsoft Visual Basic .NET.

Note To make sure that the code works correctly, you must run the code on an Exchange Server.

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This article assumes that you are familiar with the following topics:
  • Microsoft Exchange OLE DB (ExOLEDB) provider
  • Programming with ActiveX Data Objects Library

The following list outlines the recommended hardware, software, network infrastructure, and service packs that you need:
  • Microsoft Visual Studio .NET
  • Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server
To create a sample that lists all fields of an object, follow these steps:
  1. Start Visual Studio .NET.
  2. On the File menu, click New, and then click Project.
  3. Under Visual Basic Projects types, click Console Application.

    By default, Module1.vb is created.
  4. Add a reference to the Microsoft CDO for Exchange 2000 Library. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. On the Project menu, click Add Reference.
    2. On the COM tab, click Microsoft CDO for Exchange 2000 Library, and then click Select.
    3. In the Add References dialog box, click OK to accept your selections.
    4. Click Yes if you receive a message to generate wrappers for the libraries that you selected.
  5. Repeat the previous steps to add a reference to the Microsoft ActiveX Data Objects 2.5 Library.
  6. Replace all the code in the code window with the following code:
    Module Module1
        Sub Main()
            Dim oCn As ADODB.Connection = New ADODB.Connection()
            Dim oRc As ADODB.Record = New ADODB.Record()
            Dim oFields As ADODB.Fields
            Dim oField As ADODB.Field
            ' TODO: Replace with your object URL (folder or item).
            Dim sFdUrl As String
            sFdUrl = "http://<ExchServer>/Exchange/<UserAlias>/Inbox"
            oCn.Provider = "exoledb.datasource"
            oCn.Open(sFdUrl, "", "", -1)  
            If oCn.State = 1 Then
                Console.WriteLine("Good Connection")
                Console.WriteLine("Bad Connection")
            End If
            oRc.Open(sFdUrl, oCn, _
             ADODB.ConnectModeEnum.adModeReadWrite, _
             ADODB.RecordCreateOptionsEnum.adFailIfNotExists, _
             ADODB.RecordOpenOptionsEnum.adOpenSource, _
             "", "")
            If oRc.State = ADODB.ObjectStateEnum.adStateOpen Then
                Console.WriteLine("Record Open Success")
                Console.WriteLine("Record Open Fails")
            End If
            ' List all the fields.
            oFields = oRc.Fields
            Dim i As Integer
            For i = 0 To oFields.Count - 1
                oField = oFields.Item(i)
                Console.WriteLine("{0} : {1}", oField.Name, oField.Value)
            oCn = Nothing
            oRc = Nothing
            oFields = Nothing
            oField = Nothing
        End Sub
    End Module
  7. Modify the line of code that begins with TODO.
  8. Press F5 to build and to run the program.
  9. Verify that the fields of the specified object are enumerated.

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For additional information about ExOLEDB, visit the following Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Web site:For additional information about the Collaboration Data Objects roadmap, visit the following MSDN Web site:
For additional information about CDOEX, visit the following MSDN Web site:

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Article Info
Article ID : 314378
Revision : 5
Created on : 11/29/2007
Published on : 11/29/2007
Exists online : False
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