AccountManagement.UserPrincipal.Current takes 5 seconds

I'm using the new .NET 3.5 System.DirectoryServices.AccountManagement API.

In my code, I need to determine the current System.DirectoryServices.AccountManagement.UserPrincipal.

My naive approach was to do this:

using AccountManagement = System.DirectoryServices.AccountManagement;


// Determine current UserPrincipal.
// (On my machine, this blocks for 5 seconds)

AccountManagement.UserPrincipal principal = AccountManagement.UserPrincipal.Current;

My computer is a stand-alone machine running Vista. I am not part of any domain, etc.

Any ideas on how to improve the performance?


My guess is that since DirectoryServices is geared towards looking up data in a directory, in this case Active Directory, and you are on a single machine, it times out with the request to find a Domain Controller.

I assume you want to get the name of the current user, and you can do that by using the "old" System.Security.Principal.WindowsIdentity.GetCurrent() method instead.

If you need the principal for that user, you can use this code:

WindowsIdentity ident = WindowsIdentity.GetCurrent();
IPrincipal principal = new WindowsPrincipal(ident);

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