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TemplateBuilder and Assembly Upload Services with ADFS

Using either of the templating services (i.e. AssemblyTemplateUploadWebService.asmx and CompoundTemplateWebService.asmx) with ADFS authentication is quite straight forward, if we use the Basic Authenticator. This one exposes a Basic authentication scheme, while communicating with the ADFS server in the background. Once a user is successfully authenticated, it creates a Thread and HttpContext security contexts, so that the following modules in the .NET request processing pipeline execute in the new security context.

As such, our client can define a Basic auth security using HTTPS transport and it will be able to connect to the service. This is the same mechanism the Content Porter application is using (i.e. Basic auth).


The .NET Console application I use as test client uses generated service proxy classes. The configuration presented below defines the endpoint to connect to and a simple HTTPS Basic auth transport.

        <binding name="MyBinding">
          <security mode="Transport">
            <transport clientCredentialType="Basic" />

      <endpoint address="https://web85.playground/templating/CompoundTemplateWebService.asmx"
        binding="basicHttpBinding" bindingConfiguration="MyBinding"
        name="CompoundTemplateWebService" />

      <endpoint address="https://web85.playground/templating/AssemblyTemplateUploadWebService.asmx"
        binding="basicHttpBinding" bindingConfiguration="MyBinding"
        name="AssemblyTemplateUploadWebServiceSoap" />

Client Code

The example below connects to the CompoundTemplatingWebService and requests a particular item.

public Example1()
    using (var client = new CompoundTemplateWebServiceSoapClient("CompoundTemplateWebService"))
        client.ClientCredentials.UserName.UserName = username;
        client.ClientCredentials.UserName.Password = password;

        var item = client.ReadItem("tcm:0-3-1", EnumOpenMode.OpenModeView, 1);
        Console.WriteLine("Item: " + item.OuterXml);

        var publications = client.GetPublications();
        Console.WriteLine("Publications: " + publications.OuterXml);

The second example attempts to upload a templating DLL to the AssemblyTemplateUploadWebService:

public Example2()
    using (var client = new AssemblyTemplateUploadWebServiceSoapClient("AssemblyTemplateUploadWebServiceSoap"))
        client.ClientCredentials.UserName.UserName = username;
        client.ClientCredentials.UserName.Password = password;

        byte[] dllBytes = File.ReadAllBytes("dll/my-test.dll");

        var result = client.PerformStoreTemplateAssembly(dllBytes, null, "my-test.dll", "tcm:2-9011-2");
        Console.WriteLine("Result: " + result);


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