You can use the vCloud API entity resolver with an object's id attribute value to retrieve a context-free reference to the object.

Every first-class object that the vCloud API defines includes an id attribute whose value is the object identifier expressed in URN format. The value of the id attribute uniquely identifies the object, persists for the life of the object, and is never reused.

You can append the value of the id attribute to the vCloud API entityResolver URL to retrieve a context-free representation of the underlying object as an Entity element. The Entity includes a Link element for each currently valid reference to the object identified by the id specified in the request.

Verify that you are logged in to the vCloud API endpoint.

1

Retrieve the current Session object to get the entityResolver URL.

Use a request like this one:

GET https://vcloud.example.com/api/session

The response is a Session element, which includes a link to the entityResolver.

<Session ... >
  ...
    <Link
      rel="entityResolver"
      type="application/vnd.vmware.vcloud.entity+xml"
      href="https://vcloud.example.com/api/entity/" />
</Session>
2

Retrieve the object whose id you want to resolve and find the value of its id attribute.

See the request portion of Example: Using the entityResolver URL.

3

Append the value of the object's id attribute to the entityResolver URL.

4

Make a GET request to the URL you created in Step 3

See the request portion of Example: Using the entityResolver URL.

This example retrieves the organization object shown in Example: Object id, type, and href Attributes as an Entity.

Request:

GET https://vcloud.example.com/api/entity/urn:vcloud:org:72fe715c-5f6a-407f-bbb2-bf465915b5f4

This response includes two Link elements, each of which provides a valid href to the object identified by the id specified in the request.

Response:

<Entity
   xmlns="http://www.vmware.com/vcloud/v1.5"
   id="urn:vcloud:org:72fe715c-5f6a-407f-bbb2-bf465915b5f4"
   name="urn:vcloud:org:72fe715c-5f6a-407f-bbb2-bf465915b5f4"
   type="application/vnd.vmware.vcloud.entity+xml"
   href="https://vcloud.example.com/api/entity/urn:vcloud:org:72fe715c-5f6a-407f-bbb2-bf465915b5f4"
   ...>
   <Link
      rel="alternate"
      type="application/vnd.vmware.vcloud.organization+xml"
      href="https://vcloud.example.com/api/org/72fe715c-5f6a-407f-bbb2-bf465915b5f4"/>
   <Link
      rel="alternate"
      type="application/vnd.vmware.vcloud.admin.organization+xml"
      href="https://vcloud.example.com/api/admin/org/72fe715c-5f6a-407f-bbb2-bf465915b5f4"/>
</Entity>