Configuration Dialog Box for an Endpoint

Every Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) service must expose at least one endpoint, and typically exposes more than one to allow different protocols to communicate with its service. A WCF endpoint is comprised of an address, a binding, and a service contract.

  • The endpoint address is the network address, or URI, where the service is accessed.

  • The endpoint binding defines the protocol mechanism (TCP, HTTP, NetTCP, etc), the encoding (text, binary), and the security (SSL, SOAP message security) required for a client to communicate with the WCF service.

  • The endpoint contract defines the capabilities of the service. It is essentially a collection of messages organized in operations that have basic Message Exchange Patterns (MEPs) such as one-way, duplex, and request/reply.

For more information on WCF endpoints, refer to Windows Communication Foundation Endpoints.

To edit the address of the displayed endpoints you can choose one of many ways.

  • From the Configure Service dialog box by selecting the Endpoints tab, selecting a specific endpoint, and then clicking Edit.

  • From the Endpoints list (within Features View) by selecting a specific endpoint, and click Configure in the context menu or Action pane. You can view the Endpoints list by performing one of the following operations.

    • At the server, site or application scopes, double-click Endpoints in the Features View to view the Endpoints Page, which has the Endpoints list.

    • At the server, site or application scopes, double-click Services in the Features View, right-click the service, and then click View Endpoints.

You can then view General, Performance, or Authentication settings through the respective dialog tabs. After making entries, clicking OK closes the configuration dialog box. As a result both the Endpoints list and the Details pane addresses are updated with the latest changes resulting from the user actions in this dialog box.

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