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  • Using a multi url ssl certificate

    Hi

    I have a client with three individual applications each running on separate instances of Alpha Anywhere traditional ie: NOT IIS. Each is about to go onto separate sub domains.

    Is it possible to have a single multi url ssl certificate that will work with all three applications. I cannot see how that would be configured in the Application Server control panel?

    Does anyone know?

    Kind regards

    Glen
    Glen Schild



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    Re: Using a multi url ssl certificate

    Basically you need to use reverse proxy. CloudFlare is one option.

    I use CloudFlare but I has a little different configuration. I use frontend web server and reverse proxy and then WAS instances are running localhost in different ports. So I have reverse proxy(CloudFlare) then web server and its reverse proxy enabled and then WAS instances. So I use just port 80 and 443 for traffic.

    But you can use maybe also directly CloudFlare. Then you enable SSL in CloudFlare(free or 5 per month) and you install to WAS a 20 years Cloudflare SSL certificate(free). Here you can read about extra ports CloudFlare supports for HTTP/HTTPS traffic. But I have not tested this combination.

    You need to test that everything works as expected with CloudFlare.

    Ken

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    • #3
      Re: Using a multi url ssl certificate

      Each subdomain will use a separate instance of thr Classic Alpha Anywhere Application Server. In those instances, you can use a certificate specific to that subdomain, or you can use a multi-domain certificate. As far as the Application Server is concerned, the multi-domain certificate is no different than a basic certificate and there is no additional configuration required.

      Lenny Forziati
      Vice President, Internet Products and Technical Services
      Alpha Software Corporation

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      • #4
        Re: Using a multi url ssl certificate

        Hi Lenny

        Thanks for the response. Bearing in mind this is not my strong point, can I still generate a CSR from one of the instances for a multi domain certificate. Have not got my head around how to bind each instance to the correct domain, is that best using separate IP addresses?

        Thanks

        Glen
        Glen Schild



        My Blog

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        • #5
          Re: Using a multi url ssl certificate

          Originally posted by glenschild View Post
          Hi Lenny

          Thanks for the response. Bearing in mind this is not my strong point, can I still generate a CSR from one of the instances for a multi domain certificate. Have not got my head around how to bind each instance to the correct domain, is that best using separate IP addresses?

          Thanks

          Glen
          Alpha Anywhere does not have the ability to generate a multi domain CSR. You will need to use a 3rd-party tool to generate a CSR and private key. You will then keep the private key for use on your server, and send the CSR to the certificate authority.

          Yes, it is best to use separate IP addresses for each instance.

          Also, I know you said this will not be running under IIS, but moving to IIS would make all of this much simpler for you. I definitely recommend moving to IIS before doing all of this new configuration work.

          Lenny Forziati
          Vice President, Internet Products and Technical Services
          Alpha Software Corporation

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          • #6
            Re: Using a multi url ssl certificate

            I cannot speak for alpha or whatever server you are faced with, but:
            I run a hosting business for many of my clients and myself by way of a master host. They supply free SSL on all of my and own and my client sites. They automatically turn on Comodo SSL each time a new site is put up. Makes it easy for me! Some have several domains added on and all get SSL. Time lag is about 2-3 days for it to be in effect. Websites/webapps are all on Linux with SSD, SSL, php 7 and very fast. I have not experienced the speed from windows hosting like this with a lot of traffic.

            Point is, yes one main cert can handle more than one domain and app.
            Listen to Lenny- knows more than I do.
            Dave Mason
            [email protected]
            Skype is dave.mason46

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            • #7
              Re: Using a multi url ssl certificate

              The point is also that do you want that your SSL shows in section subject alternative name also other domains (DNS). With SSL there is two aspect for customer Encryption and Trust. Basically SSL does not mean anything unless you know how the whole chain is built from servers to clients browser. In bad case only the last part of chain is under SSL.

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              • #8
                Re: Using a multi url ssl certificate

                Originally posted by Lenny Forziati View Post
                Alpha Anywhere does not have the ability to generate a multi domain CSR. You will need to use a 3rd-party tool to generate a CSR and private key. You will then keep the private key for use on your server, and send the CSR to the certificate authority.

                Yes, it is best to use separate IP addresses for each instance.

                Also, I know you said this will not be running under IIS, but moving to IIS would make all of this much simpler for you. I definitely recommend moving to IIS before doing all of this new configuration work.

                Thanks Lenny

                On this occasion need stay on the classic server, but point taken for others I will have to sort soon.
                Glen Schild



                My Blog

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                • #9
                  Re: Using a multi url ssl certificate

                  Thanks Ken and Dave for your input

                  On this occasion Lenny has answered the specific question for the situation I have to deal with, however good points made for future reference, appreciate it.

                  Glen
                  Glen Schild



                  My Blog

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                  • #10
                    Re: Using a multi url ssl certificate

                    My SSL is from Comodo and it uses wildcards for my other sites which are still configurable for off and on as I need. All is controlled from Cpanel on each website. The certs are updated every 3 months. Once a site is generated, it takes 1-3 days for SSL to kick in. Each site is checked automatically ever 24-72 hours. SSL is covering site, email, ftp.
                    Dave Mason
                    [email protected]
                    Skype is dave.mason46

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