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SOAP Fault "HTTP POST method only supported by this endpoint"

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I recently setup a Web Services with CICS as the service provider but have been unable to successfully invoke the service. I am using HTTP to connect the Web Service form our .Net application [Windows Server]. There aren't any error messages found in the CICS log to suggest the possible cause. It was only after looking at CICS auxtrace that I knew there was a Soap fault: HTTP POST method only supported by this endpoint.


A CICS auxtrace of the failure shows an inbound request asking for the WSDL itself to be returned. Here is an excerpt from the auxtrace:

 *GET /service?WSDL HTTP/1.1..Acc:*
 * eptimage/gif, image/jpeg, image*
 */pjpeg, image/pjpeg, application*
 */x-ms-application, application/x*

The above request is asking for the WSDL of Web Service 'service' to be sent back in the response. CICS responded with a SOAPFAULT back to the client:

 *HTTP/1.1 405 Method Not Allowed *
 *<SOAP-ENV:Envelope xmlns:SOAP-EN*
 *AP-ENV:Fault xmlns=""><faultcode*
 *ltstring>HTTP POST method only s*
 *upported by this endpoint</fault*
 *NV:Body></SOAP-ENV:Envelope>    *

If the WSDL file was present within the WSDIR of the PIPELINE then CICS would have created a URIMAP for /service?WSDL and would have returned the requested file. Instead the request matches the URIMAP created for the web service itself (/service). CICS then rejects the request because it uses a GET method instead of POST.

To resolve this you need to do one of the following:

  • Place the WSDL file in the WSDIR of the PIPELINE

  • Change the client to not request the WSDL file

  • Change the client to tolerate the WSDL file not being returned

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Modified date:
06 March 2018