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Wildcard SSL

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by dinek, Feb 25, 2004.

  1. dinek

    dinek Member

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    Hi,

    I have a question concerning wildcard SSL certs. If I buy a cert for domain.com will the cert work on all subdomains even if these subdomains are on different servers and have different IPs?

    Thanks. Dino.
     
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    Since a certificate is not (normally) tied to an IP address, then it certainly ought to. You'd obviously have to install the certificate on each server that wants to use *.yourdomain.com

    Why not email the sales people at the certificate provider you're looking at and ask them, just to be sure.
     
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    Thanks for your view... I though so as well.

    Will email the cert people as you suggest :)
    Best. Dino.
     
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    As long as the domain for the wild card is on the server you are adding sub-domains for it will work. As these will need to be added under the SSL directive in Apaches httpd.conf . All sub-domains under the TLD will also require there own IP address.
     
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    Thanks for the info, but can you clarify me on the folllowing. Supposing I have a dedicated server with a domain dinek.com and a wildcard SSL for that domain and:
    1. I create a subdomain cool.dinek.com hence I will need another IP for that. Yes?
    2. I buy another dedicated server and set it up as server2.dinek.com will I be able to use the same cert?

    Thanks. Dino.
     
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    Dino,

    Yes, to both. Each domain needs a separate IP address. www.mydomain.com and ww2.mydomain.com are 2 different domains.
     
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    Correct

    No, as the domain already exsist on the other server, under a seprate DNS zone and the CRT is compiled for the wildcard TLD domain ...(*domain.com).

    We own four wild card certs and the domain must exist on the server before you can create any sub-domains.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    Huh, well slap me with a fish, I thought you would be able to use it on separate servers with different domains under the same TLD. Sorry for the mis-information.
     
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    Another question toclarify further.

    1. I have a server with a domain dinek.com
    2. I buy a second Cpanel server and want to create an account with a subdomain ssl.dinek.com do I need to buy another wildcard sert or just installing the same cert as on server one will be enough?

    Thanks again... :)
    D.
     
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    You can edit the DNS to point to the second server where
    ssl.dinek.com exsist. However, I`m not sure abouth the SSL, as we keep all ours under each server, but something tells me this may be needed or you may need to purchase a seperate CRT for www.ssl.dinek.com

    But, if your going to purchase a wildcard cert, why would you want them to go to a second server...Just wondering?
     
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    As i Have talked with a sales rep of a Cert Authority a wildcard SSL cert is per server (single physical server). Hence I would need another SSL Cert for an additional server. Also as you have said before every subdomain needs a unique IP number.

    As to why would I the cert to work on another server I was wondering if I wanted SSL email authentication on the second server I would need to buy another cert I thought that maybe you could save some money :)

    Oh another question.... you're gonna be sick of me :).... If my cpanel hostname is alfa.dinek.com and I wanted to install a cert for my email server (not webmail) i would either need to buy a cert for alfa.dinek.com or a wildcard cert for dinek.com yes??
    Thanks. Dino.
     
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