ObjectControl::Deactivate method (comsvcs.h)

Enables a COM+ object to perform cleanup required before it is recycled or destroyed.

This method is called by the COM+ run-time environment whenever an object is deactivated. Do not make any method calls on objects in the same activity from this method.


HRESULT Deactivate();

Return value

This method can return the standard return values E_INVALIDARG, E_OUTOFMEMORY, E_UNEXPECTED, E_FAIL, and S_OK.


The COM+ run-time environment calls the Deactivate method whenever an object that supports the ObjectControl interface is deactivated. An object is deactivated when it returns from a method in which the method called SetComplete or SetAbort, when the transaction in which it executed is committed or aborted, or when the last client to hold a reference on the object releases its reference.

If the component supports recycling (returns TRUE from the CanBePooled method), you must use the Deactivate method to reset the object's state to the state in which the Activate method expects to find it. You can also use the Deactivate method to release the object's context or to do other context-specific cleanup. Even if an object supports recycling, it can be beneficial to release certain reusable resources in its Deactivate method. For example, ODBC provides its own connection pooling. It is more efficient to pool a database connection in a general connection pool where other objects can use it than it is to keep it tied to a specific object in an object pool.

COM+ expressly forbids calling into an object that exposes ObjectControl after the Deactivate method has returned (when it is in its destructor). Such a call would result in an RPC_E_DISCONNECTED error. For example, if an object has passed out a reference to itself and then calls back into the object after Deactivate has returned, a disconnected error results.


Minimum supported client Windows 2000 Professional [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server Windows 2000 Server [desktop apps only]
Target Platform Windows
Header comsvcs.h

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