Intermittent unknown error from Active Directory


I'm using .Net account management libraries to access Active Directory to search the details of current http request user. My app pool runs with custom account and it also from the same domain. Server and users also belong to same domain.

public string GetEmployeeId(string SAMAccountName)
using (PrincipalContext domainContext = new PrincipalContext(ContextType.Domain))
using (UserPrincipal userprincipal = new UserPrincipal(domainContext))
userprincipal.SamAccountName = SAMAccountName; 
using (PrincipalSearcher ps = new PrincipalSearcher()) 
ps.QueryFilter = userprincipal; 
UserPrincipal user = ps.FindOne() as UserPrincipal;
return user.EmployeeId; 

Setup works perfectly but intermittently i get below error from AD.after sometime it works for the same user without any error.

Is there any way to check logs / events from the AD side to find the reason for this error.

System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException (0x80005000): Unknown error >(0x80005000)

asked on Stack Overflow Mar 28, 2016 by Buddhika W • edited Mar 28, 2016 by Buddhika W

2 Answers


I worked with a Microsoft Engineer for a long time to fix this so hopefully my solution can help others fix their problems.

First off the error code 0x80005000 referrers to an invalid ADSI pathname was passed, which wasn’t particularly helpfully.

We did a lot of tracing which was also not very helpful. Last thing we did was use Process Monitor to trace the Registry.

When the error occurred, I noticed a HIVE UNLOADED result happened (see screenshot) trace shot

Based on this we also found this error appearing in the event log.

Log Name:      Application 
Source:        Microsoft-Windows-User Profiles Service 
Date:          10/26/2009 8:22:13 AM 
Event ID:      1530 
Task Category: None 
Level:         Warning 
Keywords:      Classic 
User:          SYSTEM 
Computer:      SERVERNAME 
Windows detected your registry file is still in use by other applications or services. The file will be unloaded now. The applications or services that hold your registry file may not function properly afterwards.  
1 user registry handles leaked from \Registry\User\S-1-5-21-1049297961-3057247634-349289542-1004_Classes: 
Process 2428 (\Device\HarddiskVolume1\Windows\System32\dllhost.exe) has opened key \REGISTRY\USER\S-1-5-21-1123456789-3057247634-349289542-1004_CLASSES

The engineer suggested this article

Which seem to fix my problem.

answered on Stack Overflow Sep 4, 2019 by jon antoine

Try to identify what domain server you will use:

Something like: = new PrincipalContext(ContextType.Domain, "YOURADDOMAIN");

answered on Stack Overflow Mar 28, 2016 by Flávio Rodrigues

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