[jboss-user] [JBoss Web Services] - Is it possible to configure JAX-WS services with an external descriptor?

Carlo Bonamico do-not-reply at jboss.com
Fri Sep 28 04:03:54 EDT 2012

Carlo Bonamico [https://community.jboss.org/people/carlo.bonamico] created the discussion

"Is it possible to configure JAX-WS services with an external descriptor?"

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 I had to manage a situation similar to  https://community.jboss.org/thread/146575 https://community.jboss.org/thread/146575 where a JBoss instance publishes a JaxWs service (annotated with @WebService) on plain  http:// http:// on an internal network, and an external Apache httpd server with mod_proxy or mod_jk re-publishes the service over  https:// https:// on the outside. The environment is JBoss-WS on JBoss AS 5.1.0.

 In order to be able to rewrite the soap:address field in the WSDL I successfully followed @asoldano advice:

>Something else you might want to try is setting your soap:address to something like " https://replace-me/ https://REPLACE-ME", that should force the https protocol to be use in the soap:address when rewriting it. I think this probably has the side effect of overwriting the webServicePort you might want to >specify though.

Then enabled rewriting of the address in 


<bean name="ServiceEndpointManager" class="org.jboss.ws.server.ServiceEndpointManager">
        The WSDL, that is a required deployment artifact for an endpoint, has a <soap:address>
        element which points to the location of the endpoint. JBoss supports rewriting of that SOAP address.
        If the content of <soap:address> is a valid URL, JBossWS will not rewrite it unless AlwaysModifySOAPAddress is true.
        If the content of <soap:address> is not a valid URL, JBossWS will rewrite it using the attribute values given below.
      <property name="webServiceHost">www.external.domain.com</property>
      <property name="webServiceSecurePort">443</property>
      <property name="alwaysModifySOAPAddress">true</property>

In this way the resulting url exposed in the wsdl is  https://www.external.domain.com/path/ https://www.external.domain.com/path/... which is what I needed to achieve.

However, apparently this only works for services which have an associated wsdl file provided by the developer (@WebService(wsdlLocation = "WEB-INF/...")) in the deployment. I would like to enable a similar behavior on services which have only the defining implementation class. 
Is it possible to associate to an @WebService class an external deployment descriptor which only specifies soap:address and/or other specific jaxws parameters, without having to explcitely create (and obviously maintain over time) the wsdlby hand?

In general, I think that this scenario is not so uncommin, and it would be useful to have a parameter as suggested by @asoldano to simply enable rewriting of http:// into https://
>If nothing of this helps, please create a feature request jira. We might think about adding another configuration option (webServiceProtocol) and achieve what you want throught that.

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