RpcNsBindingImportNext function (rpcnsi.h)

The RpcNsBindingImportNext function looks up an interface (and optionally an object from a name-service database) and returns a binding handle of a compatible server, if found.

Note  This function is not supported on Windows Vista and later operating systems.


RPC_STATUS RpcNsBindingImportNext(
  RPC_NS_HANDLE      ImportContext,



Name-service handle returned from the RpcNsBindingImportBegin function.


Returns a pointer to a client-compatible server binding handle for a server.

Return value

Value Meaning
The call succeeded.
No more bindings.
The name service is unavailable.
Note  For a list of valid error codes, see RPC Return Values.


The RpcNsBindingImportNext function returns one client-compatible server binding handle for a server that offers the interface and object UUID specified by the IfSpec and ObjUuid parameters in the RpcNsBindingImportBegin function. The function communicates only with the name-service database, not directly with servers.

Effective with Windows 2000, the RPC environment uses the Active Directory as its name-service database and the order in which the run-time environment performs the search is as follows:

  • Search in the local cache. If there is no entry,
  • Search in the Active Directory. If there is no entry,
  • Send broadcast requests to all other directory services in the domain.

    Note that if the entry exists in the Active Directory, but there is no information associated with the entry, the run-time environment does not issue this broadcast request.

The compatible binding handle that is returned always contains an object UUID, the value of which depends on the ObjUuid parameter in the RpcNsBindingImportBegin function. If a non-null object UUID was specified, the returned binding handle contains that object UUID. If, however, a null object UUID or null value was specified, the object UUID that is returned is a result of the following possibilities:
  • If the server did not export any object UUIDs, the returned binding handle contains a nil object UUID.
  • If the server exported one object UUID, the returned binding handle contains that object UUID.
  • If the server exported multiple object UUIDs, the returned binding handle contains one of the object UUIDs. The import-next operation selects the returned object UUID in a non-deterministic fashion. As a result, a different object UUID can be returned for each compatible binding handle from a single server entry.
The RpcNsBindingImportNext function selects and returns one server binding handle from the compatible binding handles found. The client application can use that binding handle to attempt a remote procedure call to the server. If the client fails to establish a relationship with the server, it can call RpcNsBindingImportNext again.

Each time the client calls RpcNsBindingImportNext, the function returns another server binding handle. The returned binding handles are unordered. A client application calls the RpcNsBindingInqEntryName function to obtain the name-service database in the entry name from which the binding handle came.When the search reaches the end of the name-service database, RpcNsBindingInqEntryName returns a status of RPC_S_NO_MORE_BINDINGS and returns a binding parameter value of NULL.

The RpcNsBindingImportNext function allocates storage for the data referenced by the returned Binding parameter. When a client application finishes with the binding handle, it must call RpcBindingFree to deallocate the storage. Each call to RpcNsBindingImportNext requires a corresponding call to RpcBindingFree.

The client is responsible for calling the RpcNsBindingImportDone function, which deletes the import context. The client also calls RpcNsBindingImportDone before calling RpcNsBindingImportBegin to start a new search for compatible servers. Because the order of binding handles returned is different for each new search, the order in which binding handles are returned to an application can be different each time the application is run.


Minimum supported client Windows 2000 Professional [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server Windows 2000 Server [desktop apps only]
Target Platform Windows
Header rpcnsi.h (include Rpc.h)
Library Rpcns4.lib
DLL Rpcns4.dll

See also