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The Reply activity responds to an inbound message (Receive activity or a Pick) by sending a message back to the caller. A Reply activity is matched by a Receive.

Although multiple Reply activities can reference a single Receive activity, only one Reply can execute. You must specify a variable if the service returns outputs.

A Reply activity can return a fault response. See How do I Handle Faults? for more information. It is good practice, when creating a fault handler with a Reply activity, to add an Exit activity to terminate execution.

To build a Reply activity:

  1. From the Palette, drag a Reply activity to the BPEL Editor.
  2. In the Properties view, select the following values:
    • Partner link
    • Operation
    • Variable
  3. Optionally type in a Name field on the Description tab.
  4. Select other optional properties as desired.

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