Hello API server

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The Hello API server is a sample program that demonstrates how to invoke a REST API in Active IQ Unified Manager using a simple REST client. The sample program provides you basic details about the API server in the JSON format (the server supports only application/json format).

The URI used is: https://<hostname>/api/datacenter/svm/svms. This sample code takes the following input parameters:

  • The API server IP address or FQDN

  • Optional: Port number (default: 443)

  • User name

  • Password

  • Response format (application/json)

To invoke REST APIs, you can also use other scripts such as Jersey and RESTEasy to write a Java REST client for Active IQ Unified Manager. You should be aware of the following considerations about the sample code:

  • Uses an HTTPS connection to Active IQ Unified Manager to invoke the specified REST URI

  • Ignores the certificate provided by Active IQ Unified Manager

  • Skips the host name verification during the handshake

  • Uses javax.net.ssl.HttpsURLConnection for a URI connection

  • Uses a third-party library (org.apache.commons.codec.binary.Base64) for constructing the Base64 encoded string used in the HTTP basic authentication

To compile and execute the sample code, you must use Java compiler 1.8 or later.

import java.io.BufferedReader;
import java.io.InputStreamReader;
import java.net.URL;
import java.security.SecureRandom;
import java.security.cert.X509Certificate;
import javax.net.ssl.HostnameVerifier;
import javax.net.ssl.HttpsURLConnection;
import javax.net.ssl.SSLContext;
import javax.net.ssl.SSLSession;
import javax.net.ssl.TrustManager;
import javax.net.ssl.X509TrustManager;
import org.apache.commons.codec.binary.Base64;

public class HelloApiServer {

	private static String server;
	private static String user;
	private static String password;
	private static String response_format = "json";
	private static String server_url;
	private static String port = null;

	 * * The main method which takes user inputs and performs the * necessary steps
	 * to invoke the REST URI and show the response
	 */ public static void main(String[] args) {
		if (args.length < 2 || args.length > 3) {
		String serverBaseUrl = "https://" + server;
		if (null != port) {
			serverBaseUrl = serverBaseUrl + ":" + port;
		server_url = serverBaseUrl + "/api/datacenter/svm/svms";
		try {
			HttpsURLConnection connection = getAllTrustingHttpsUrlConnection();
			if (connection == null) {
				System.err.println("FATAL: Failed to create HTTPS connection to URL: " + server_url);
			System.out.println("Invoking API: " + server_url);
			connection.setRequestProperty("Accept", "application/" + response_format);
			String authString = getAuthorizationString();
			connection.setRequestProperty("Authorization", "Basic " + authString);
			if (connection.getResponseCode() != 200) {
				System.err.println("API Invocation Failed : HTTP error code : " + connection.getResponseCode() + " : "
						+ connection.getResponseMessage());
			BufferedReader br = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader((connection.getInputStream())));
			String response;
			while ((response = br.readLine()) != null) {
		} catch (Exception e) {

	/* Print the usage of this sample code */ private static void printUsage() {
		System.out.println("\nUsage:\n\tHelloApiServer <hostname> <user> <password>\n");
		System.out.println("\nExamples:\n\tHelloApiServer localhost admin mypassword");
		System.out.println("\tHelloApiServer admin password");
		System.out.println("\tHelloApiServer admin password ");
		System.out.println("\tHelloApiServer admin password \n");
		System.out.println("\nNote:\n\t(1) When port number is not provided, 443 is chosen by default.");

	/* * Set the server, port, username and password * based on user inputs. */ private static void setUserArguments(
			String[] args) {
		server = args[0];
		user = args[1];
		password = args[2];
		if (server.contains(":")) {
			String[] parts = server.split(":");
			server = parts[0];
			port = parts[1];

	 * * Create a trust manager which accepts all certificates and * use this trust
	 * manager to initialize the SSL Context. * Create a HttpsURLConnection for this
	 * SSL Context and skip * server hostname verification during SSL handshake. * *
	 * Note: Trusting all certificates or skipping hostname verification * is not
	 * required for API Services to work. These are done here to * keep this sample
	 * REST Client code as simple as possible.
	 */ private static HttpsURLConnection getAllTrustingHttpsUrlConnection()    {        HttpsURLConnection conn = null;        try {            /* Creating a trust manager that does not validate certificate chains */            TrustManager[] trustAllCertificatesManager = new                    TrustManager[]{new X509TrustManager(){
	 public X509Certificate[] getAcceptedIssuers(){return  null;}
	 public void checkClientTrusted(X509Certificate[]                                                       certs, String authType){}
	 public void checkServerTrusted(X509Certificate[]                                                       certs, String authType){}            }};            /* Initialize the SSLContext with the all-trusting trust manager */
	 SSLContext sslContext = SSLContext.getInstance("TLS");            sslContext.init(null, trustAllCertificatesManager, new                    SecureRandom());            HttpsURLConnection.setDefaultSSLSocketFactory(sslContext.getSocketFactory());            URL url = new URL(server_url);            conn = (HttpsURLConnection) url.openConnection();            /* Do not perform an actual hostname verification during SSL Handshake.            Let all hostname pass through as verified.*/            conn.setHostnameVerifier(new HostnameVerifier() {                public boolean verify(String host, SSLSession                        session) {                    return true;                }            });        } catch (Exception e) {            e.printStackTrace();        }        return conn;    }

	 * * This forms the Base64 encoded string using the username and password *
	 * provided by the user. This is required for HTTP Basic Authentication.
	 */ private static String getAuthorizationString() {
		String userPassword = user + ":" + password;
		byte[] authEncodedBytes = Base64.encodeBase64(userPassword.getBytes());
		String authString = new String(authEncodedBytes);
		return authString;