How to connect to the LANDesk MBSDK using C#?

This article is to demonstrate to LANDesk admins how to connect to the LANDesk MBSDK with C#.



  1. A LANDesk Core Server accessible via the network.
  2. Credentials to connect to the LANDesk Core Server.

Basically if you can hit the MBSDK with a browser and login, you are good to go.

Visual Studio

  1. It is assumed that you have Visual Studio Professional installed

Step 1 – Create a Visual Studio Project

  1. In Visual Studio, Go to File | New | Project.
  2. Select that project type.
    Note: For this example I chose Console Application.
  3. Give the Project a name.
    Note: I named my project TalkToMBSDK.
  4. Click OK.
    Note: I went ahead and left my client application configured for .NET 4 even though I know the server currently is .NET 3.5 Sp1.

Step 2 – Add a Web Reference to the MBSDK

  1.  In you new Visual Studio project, right-click on the project and click Add Service Reference.
    Note: We actually need a Web  Reference but this is how we get there.
  2. Click Advanced on the bottom left.
  3. Click on Add Web Reference, also on the bottom left.
  4. Enter the URL to the MBSDK on your Core Server: http://CoreServer/mbsdkservice/msgsdk.asmx
  5. Change the Web Reference Name (on the right) to mbsdk.
    Note: You can name it whatever you want, but because there is an object called MBSDK (all uppercase), I chose to make the namespace mbsdk (all lowercase).
  6. Click Add Reference.

Step 3 – Test using the LANDesk SDK

  1. In the Program.cs add the following code.  You next steps are in the code comments.
using System.Net;
using TalkToMBSDK.mbsdk;

namespace TalkToMBSDK
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)
            // Step 1 - You need to use your credentials
            string user = "SomeUser";
            string password = "SomePassword";
            string domain = "SomeDomain.tld";

            // Step 2 - Configure a CredentialCache object with the URL and your creds
            string uri = "http://CoreServer/MBSDKService/MsgSDK.asmx";
            CredentialCache MyCredentialCache = new System.Net.CredentialCache();
            MyCredentialCache.Add(new System.Uri(uri), "NTLM", new NetworkCredential(user, password, domain));

            // Step 3 - Create an MBSDK object and set its CredentialCache object to the one you just created
            MBSDK sdk = new MBSDK();
            sdk.Credentials = MyCredentialCache;

            // Step 4 - Go ahead an call methods from the MBSDK
            // Note: If you get 401 unathorized, are you a LANDesk Administrator?
            string[] configs = sdk.GetClientConfigurations();
            DeviceList list = sdk.ListMachines("");
            string who = sdk.WhoAmI();

Have fun LANDesk Admins.

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