Creating a Producer definition

A Producer is a portal that provides WSRP services. Consumer portals can then consume these WSRP services as remote portlets. To enable this, you create and configure a Producer definition.

If you want to consume remote portlets as Web services from a Producer, create a new Producer definition for this Producer. To do this, proceed by the following steps:

  1. Click New Producer. Web Service Configuration displays the Create New Producer panel. Work with the fields and options as described in the following steps.
  2. Type a title for the new Producer in the Title field. This field is mandatory.
  3. Type a description for the new Producer in the Description field. This field is optional.
  4. Check if the default URL to WSDL service definitions shows the correct URL. If not, change it and type the URL under which the WSDL service definitions of the new Producer can be accessed. This field is mandatory. You get this information from the Producer. For example, if the WSRP service Producer is an IBM WebSphere Portal, you can access the WSDL document of the Producer at the following URL: http://producer_portal_host:producer_port/wp_contextRoot/wsdl/wsrp_service.wsdl. Note that the host and port and the wp_contextRoot directory must match those of the Producer portal installation.
  5. Optional: You can specify user attributes that you want to be passed on to this Producer. To do this, proceed as follows:
    1. Click the link I want to specify the user attributes that should be passed to this Producer. The portal displays the panel for selecting user attributes.
    2. Select user attributes as required by clicking the appropriate check boxes.
    3. Click OK to save your selection or Cancel to return without saving. The portal returns to the panel for configuring the new Producer.
  6. Click Next . The portal shows the next panel. It shows the transport URLs and other security information for this Producer for the Markup, Registration, Management, and Service description ports:
    • Whether this port supports HTTP.
    • Whether this port supports HTTPS.
    • Which transport protocol is currently selected.
    • Which security profile is currently applied.
    You can edit the configuration for the ports. To do this, proceed as follows:
    1. Click the Edit icon for the port that you want to modify. The portal displays the panel for configuring the port.
    2. Type HTTP or HTTPS URLs into the appropriate fields as required.
    3. Select one of the options for the transport protocol:
      • HTTP
      • HTTPS
      • Dynamic. This option is only available for the Markup port, and only if the Producer has configured this port for both HTTP and HTTPS.
    4. Select a security profile as required from the pulldown list.
    5. Click OK to save your data or Cancel to return without saving. The portal returns to the panel for configuring the new Producer.
  7. Click Next to save your data and proceed creating the Producer, or click Cancel to return to the panel that shows the security information.
  8. If the Producer WSDL file indicates that the Producer requires registration, the portal displays the panel for setting registration information. Set the registration information. Depending on whether you want to register with the Producer offline or online, select one of the following options:
    • For offline registration enter the registration handle. You get the registration handle from the Producer. Only Consumers to whom the Producer gave a registration handle can consume the Web services of that Producer. To enter the handle, proceed as follows:
      1. Select the option Enter a registration handle. The portal displays the panel for entering the registration handle.
      2. Type the registration handle into the input field.
      3. Click Next to save your data and proceed creating the Producer, or click Cancel to return to the panel for selecting the type of registration without saving.
    • If the Producer supports registration properties, you can add them for online registration. These are properties that are passed on to the Producer during the registration. To add them, proceed as follows:
      1. Select the option Enter registration properties. The portal displays the panel for setting registration properties.
      2. Type a new property and its value in the entry fields New parameter and New value.
      3. To add the new property, click the Add button.
      4. Edit or delete properties as required by clicking the Edit and Delete icons.
      5. Click Next to save your data and proceed creating the Producer, or click Cancel to return to the panel for selecting the type of registration without saving.
    For more information about registration handles and properties refer to the section about WSRP in the portal information center.
  9. Depending on your previous steps and actions, you might have to click Next once more to save the new Producer definition or Cancel to return without saving. The portal returns to the Producer list. The newly created Producer has been added to the list.
You have created the new Producer in your portal, and you can now consume Web services from that Producer.
Use the Manage Web Modules portlet to consume Web services.