.net – How to generate service reference with only physical wsdl file


I have been creating and consuming web services for years and always have been able to use Visual Studio to create a service reference from the client. I have a third party service I need to work with and they refuse to open their security so I can see the wsdl and make the service reference. It's a public facing service so I don't see the need for that level of security but it is what it is.

I know this is a n00b question and I'm ashamed to be asking it, but how do I do create the equivalent Service Reference information in my client when all I have available to me is a physical copy of the wsdl the client emailed me? The web.config changes, the object layer over the SOAP data, etc. Just like with an automated Service Reference I just want to open a connection to the service and start using it with the defined objects.

The third party service is not WCF as far as I can tell but is SOAP. I'm using VS 2010 btw.
Thanks in advance,

Best Solution

This may be the easiest method

  • Right click on the project and select "Add Service Reference..."
  • In the Address: box, enter the physical path (C:\test\project....) of the downloaded/Modified wsdl.
  • Hit Go