There are no alternatives. All you see on that page is dead functionality, and earlier this afternoon I submitted feedback on that topic that should wipe out that text and say that the function always returns NULL.
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What more precisely do you have in mind? This function relates to functionality that retains to remote servers, a functionality that has been discontinued. Since there cannot be any remote server, the function always return NULL.
These days, Microsoft have their documentation as open source on Github, and you can go there to file issues. It seems that you need to have a Github account to do this.