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How to Use SOAP Pass-Through With Azure Logic Apps Custom Connector

How to Use SOAP Pass-Through With Azure Logic Apps Custom Connector

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Most applications today use restful web services to communicate with each other. Sometimes, however, we are required to work with SOAP web services.

Azure Logic Apps has the ability to connect to custom web services using a Logic Apps Custom Connector.Azure Logic Apps Custom Connector

When configuring a custom connector for use with SOAP, there are two options: SOAP to REST and SOAP pass-through. If your web service is “flat” and relatively simple, you can try using SOAP to REST. If there are tiers, you will have to use SOAP pass-Through. Let’s take a look at SOAP to REST first.

SOAP to REST

Using SOAP to REST is fairly straightforward. You can upload a WSDL from a file or a URL.SOAP to REST

Once the WSDL is loaded, the remaining pieces of the connector are automatically filled in for you, including each of the actions defined in the WSDL.

SOAP to Rest

For simple web services, that is pretty much it and you are good to go.

SOAP Pass-through

However, if you are using SOAP pass-through, this is where it gets a little trickier. You will have to configure the action manually.How to Use SOAP Pass-Through

How to Use SOAP Pass-Through

How to Use SOAP Pass-Through

When filling out the action, you will list the URL and pass any required headers. For the service I was working with, I specified Content-Type text/xml and SOAPAction value that references the web service.

In the body, you want to put a placeholder of {}. This will become the parameters in your custom action.

The {} placeholder will be replaced with the actual body that you are sending to the service.

I recommend using SoapUI to test your web service. This will generate the code needed to send to the custom connector.How to Use SOAP Pass-Through

Copy and paste that XML into SQL Server and create a view with 3 columns: ContentType, SOAPAction, and Body. In this instance, I named my body column as Products.

Dynamically insert values from your source data into the view. In the screenshot below, you can see that I prefix the values with a function called dbo.escapeXml. There are special characters that will cause the web service call to fail.

Once you complete building out the custom connector, it is available to use in Logic Apps. Just simply pass the three columns into the new action.

How to Use SOAP Pass-Through with Logic Apps Connector

Have any questions about SOAP pass-through or any other Azure Logic Apps? Please contact one of our experts!

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