Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition 7.0 Reference

Content of the HTTP Header

Directory Server supports the HTTP POST operation only. The following example shows the minimum fields required to send a DSML request to the server over HTTP:

POST /dsml HTTP/1.1
content-length: 450
HOST: hostname
SOAPAction: ""
Content-Type: text/xml
Connection: close

The Connection field is optional. In HTTP 1.0, the default value of this field is close. In HTTP 1.1, however, the default value is keep-alive. It is therefore recommended that you include this field with a value of close in your last request if you are using HTTP 1.1, to accelerate the dialog.

Additional fields may be included in the HTTP header. If they are supported by Directory Server, their values will override the defaults. If the fields are not supported, the request is not rejected by the server but the fields are ignored.