Visual Basic Network Services

gethostbyname: Resolve Host Name to IP Address
Posted:   Wed March 23, 2000
Updated:   Monday December 26, 2011
Applies to:   VB4-32, VB5, VB6
Developed with:   VB6, Windows NT4
OS restrictions:   None
Author:   VBnet - Randy Birch


Netbios: Determine Local Adapter MAC Address
SendARP: Determine Local or Remote Adapter MAC Addresses
gethostbyaddr: Obtain Host Name from IP Address
IcmpSendEcho: Ping a Machine by IP Address
IcmpSendEcho: Ping a Machine by Host Name

URLDownloadToFile: Obtain Machine's Public IP Behind Router
Network or DUN connection.

This is a simple function that takes a local or remote machine name, or a domain or web address, and returns the IP address.
 BAS Module Code

 Form Code
To a form add a command button (Command1) and a text box, along with the following code:

Option Explicit

' Copyright 1996-2011 VBnet/Randy Birch, All Rights Reserved.
' Some pages may also contain other copyrights by the author.
' Distribution: You can freely use this code in your own
'               applications, but you may not reproduce 
'               or publish this code on any web site,
'               online service, or distribute as source 
'               on any media without express permission.
Private Const IP_SUCCESS As Long = 0
Private Const MAX_WSADescription As Long = 256
Private Const MAX_WSASYSStatus As Long = 128
Private Const WS_VERSION_REQD As Long = &H101
Private Const WS_VERSION_MAJOR As Long = WS_VERSION_REQD \ &H100 And &HFF&
Private Const MIN_SOCKETS_REQD As Long = 1
Private Const SOCKET_ERROR As Long = -1
Private Const ERROR_SUCCESS As Long = 0

Private Type WSADATA
   wVersion As Integer
   wHighVersion As Integer
   szDescription(0 To MAX_WSADescription) As Byte
   szSystemStatus(0 To MAX_WSASYSStatus) As Byte
   wMaxSockets As Long
   wMaxUDPDG As Long
   dwVendorInfo As Long
End Type

Private Declare Function gethostbyname Lib "wsock32.dll" _
  (ByVal hostname As String) As Long
Private Declare Sub CopyMemory Lib "kernel32" _
   Alias "RtlMoveMemory" _
  (xDest As Any, _
   xSource As Any, _
   ByVal nbytes As Long)

Private Declare Function lstrlenA Lib "kernel32" _
  (lpString As Any) As Long

Private Declare Function WSAStartup Lib "wsock32.dll" _
   (ByVal wVersionRequired As Long, _
Private Declare Function WSACleanup Lib "wsock32.dll" () As Long

Private Declare Function inet_ntoa Lib "wsock32.dll" _
  (ByVal addr As Long) As Long

Private Declare Function lstrcpyA Lib "kernel32" _
  (ByVal RetVal As String, _
   ByVal Ptr As Long) As Long
Private Declare Function gethostname Lib "wsock32.dll" _
   (ByVal szHost As String, _
    ByVal dwHostLen As Long) As Long

Private Sub Command1_Click()

   Dim sHostName As String
   If SocketsInitialize() Then
          'obtain and pass the host address to the function
      Text1.Text = GetMachineName()
      Text2.Text = GetIPFromHostName(Text1.Text)
        MsgBox "Windows Sockets for 32 bit Windows " & _
               "environments is not successfully responding."
   End If
End Sub

Private Function SocketsInitialize() As Boolean

   Dim success As Long
   SocketsInitialize = WSAStartup(WS_VERSION_REQD, WSAD) = IP_SUCCESS
End Function

Private Sub SocketsCleanup()
   If WSACleanup() <> 0 Then
       MsgBox "Windows Sockets error occurred in Cleanup.", vbExclamation
   End If
End Sub

Private Function GetMachineName() As String

   Dim sHostName As String * 256
   If gethostname(sHostName, 256) = ERROR_SUCCESS Then
      GetMachineName = Trim$(sHostName)
   End If
End Function

Private Function GetIPFromHostName(ByVal sHostName As String) As String

  'converts a host name to an IP address

   Dim nbytes As Long
   Dim ptrHosent As Long  'address of HOSENT structure
   Dim ptrName As Long    'address of name pointer
   Dim ptrAddress As Long 'address of address pointer
   Dim ptrIPAddress As Long
   Dim ptrIPAddress2 As Long

   ptrHosent = gethostbyname(sHostName & vbNullChar)

   If ptrHosent <> 0 Then

     'assign pointer addresses and offset

     'Null-terminated list of addresses for the host.
     'The Address is offset 12 bytes from the start of
     'the HOSENT structure. Note: Here we are retrieving
     'only the first address returned. To return more than
     'one, define sAddress as a string array and loop through
     'the 4-byte ptrIPAddress members returned. The last
     'item is a terminating null. All addresses are returned
     'in network byte order.
      ptrAddress = ptrHosent + 12
     'get the IP address
      CopyMemory ptrAddress, ByVal ptrAddress, 4
      CopyMemory ptrIPAddress, ByVal ptrAddress, 4
      CopyMemory ptrIPAddress2, ByVal ptrIPAddress, 4

      GetIPFromHostName = GetInetStrFromPtr(ptrIPAddress2)

   End If
End Function

Private Function GetStrFromPtrA(ByVal lpszA As Long) As String

   GetStrFromPtrA = String$(lstrlenA(ByVal lpszA), 0)
   Call lstrcpyA(ByVal GetStrFromPtrA, ByVal lpszA)
End Function

Private Function GetInetStrFromPtr(Address As Long) As String
   GetInetStrFromPtr = GetStrFromPtrA(inet_ntoa(Address))

End Function


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