Authentication (2/3) Authenticate with Webservices against the Content Server in c#

This is the second post on a series about authentication against the content server. This post explains the authentication from a c# application using Webservices.

Normally, the Webservices are used from a Java application container like Tomcat. To use this snippet, a Service Reference exist inside Visual Studio with the URL


with the name of “Authentication”.

The Authentication itself is done with something like this:

Authentication.AuthenticationClient authClient = new Authentication.AuthenticationClient();

string authToken = null;
     Console.Write(“Authenticate User…”);
     authToken = authClient.AuthenticateUser(userId, password);
     Console.WriteLine(“Success \n”);
} catch (Exception e) {
     Console.WriteLine(“{0} : {1} \n”, e.Message, e.Source);

Here, the userid and the password is send to the Authentication service. If all is correct, the authentication token is send back.

This token can be used like in the following snippet. Here, the Node 485227 is requested.

DocumentManagement.DocumentManagementClient docclient = new    DocumentManagement.DocumentManagementClient();
DocumentManagement.OTAuthentication otauth = new    DocumentManagement.OTAuthentication();
otauth.AuthenticationToken = authToken;

// Get the Node 485227 
DocumentManagement.Node node = docclient.GetNode(ref otauth, 485227);

Like the Authentification Service, the DocumentManagement Service must be declared as a Service Reference in Visual Studio. When a Tomcat is used, then the declaration looks like


To use the token, declare an instance of Documentmanagement.OTAuthentication and put the token in the AuthenticationToken field of this instance.

Then use the webservices calls as usual, but add the instance of this OTAuthentication as a reference in the first argument of the call.

Tipp: save this instance as a copy, from time to time the first argument returns as null. Then you can re-instate the original OTAuthentication.

If you want to use Webservices in IIS, pls refer to the post from January 2017.