Thanks for the tip. As I have never worked with active directory I'd like to ask if it is possible to query the computers on a LAN without using active directory, or is the active directory part of every windows-based LAN? I have tried to run the demo but it throws a COM exception at startup
Hey Nick - thanks a lot for your code snippet, it works flawlessly! You have saved me a lot of time One more question - do you have any idea how can I get the IP address and physical address of the listed network cards?
Just so you know this is what Heath said to the last
guy that asked about getting certified in .Net.
Heath Stewart said
"Personally, I am not certified because I really don't want to be. I know a large number of people with certifications that know crap. They studied for the tests, memorized a few things, took the tests (sometimes a couple times) and got their certs. They're still idiots."
And this question prompted me to write in my personal message board on my profile page. I mean, he's going to get certified and doesn't even know how to find cert material? Every cert candidate should know about http://www.microsoft.com/traincert[^]!
Actually, a Jet database (.mdb file, which Access uses) doesn't require Microsoft Access at all. It simply uses the Microsoft Jet database engine that should be installed when you install MDAC 2.6 or higher, which is required for ADO.NET anyway. I might be wrong and it might be a separate download (they keep changing all that), but it'll be small and probably already installed because a lot of stuff uses it. That's probably the best database file you could use. With technologies behind it like DDL, you can even create a database from scratch, although shipping a .mdb file with a schema already created would probably be easier (almost like a template from which databases are created).
As far as SQL Server / MSDE go, this would be overkill for a simple checkboox application anyway. This is more for hard-pounding applications that need transactional services (not that a register wouldn't necessarily benefit from that), replication, user authentication and security, etc.). Besides, it's a big install and can be the cause of many headaches - especially for computer neophites.