15.6.2. Configuring a remote producer walk-through

Let's work through the steps of defining access to a remote producer so that its portlets can be consumed within JBoss Portal. We will configure access to BEA's public WSRP producer. We will first examine how to do so using the configuration portlet. We will then show how the same result can be accomplish with a producer descriptor. Using the configuration portlet

As of Portal 2.6, a configuration portlet is provided to configure access to remote WSRP Producers graphically. You can access it at http://{hostname}:{port}/portal/auth/portal/admin/WSRP or by logging in as a Portal administrator and clicking on the WSRP tab in the Admin portal. If all went well, you should see something similar to this:
This screen presents all the configured producers associated with their status and possible actions on them. A Consumer can be active or inactive. Activating a Consumer means that it is ready to act as a portlet provider. Deactivating it will remove it from the list of available portlet providers. Note also that a Consumer can be marked as requiring refresh meaning that the information held about it might not be up to date and refreshing it from the remote Producer might be a good idea. This can happen for several reasons: the service description for that remote Producer has not been fetched yet, the cached version has expired or modifications have been made to the configuration that could potentially invalidate it, thus requiring re-validation of the information.
Next, we create a new Consumer which we will callbea. Type "bea" in the "Create a consumer named:" field then click on "Create consumer":
You should now see a form allowing you to enter/modify the information about the Consumer. Set the cache expiration value to 300 seconds and enter the WSDL URL for the producer in the text field and press the "Refresh & Save" button:
This will retrieve the service description associated with the Producer which WSRP is described by the WSDL file found at the URL you just entered. In our case, querying the service description will allow us to learn that the Producer requires registration and that it expects a value for the registration property named registration/consumerRole:


At this point, there is no automated way to learn about which possible values (if any) are expected by the remote Producer. In the case of BEA's public producer, the possible values are indicated in the registration property description. This is not always the case... Please refer to the specific Producer's documentation.
Enter "public" as the value for the registration property and press "Save & Refresh" once more. You should now see something similar to:
The Consumer for the bea Producer should now be available as a portlet provider and is ready to be used.
A producer is configured, by default, by retrieving the producer's information via a WSDL URL. There are rare cases, however, where URLs need to be provided for each of the producer's end points. You can do exactly that by unchecking the "Use WSDL?" checkbox, as is the case for the self producer: