[thelist] SSL Certs for two domains

Max Schwanekamp lists at neptunewebworks.com
Mon Jan 29 11:33:01 CST 2007

Hassan Schroeder wrote:
> On 1/29/07, Pringle, Ron wrote:
>> She has two domain addresses that point to the same website. One is a typical government domain (i.e. www.co.countyname.il.us) and the other is a .org name. She is preparing to obtain an SSL cert for one or both domains, but was told that because SSL's are based on IP addresses that she wouldn't be able to apply it to both domains. She was planning on obtaining 2 SSL certificates (one for each domain), but evidently that's not possible.
> Of course it's possible -- she just needs to get a second IP for one of
> the domains. Then each domain can use its own cert.

To elaborate a little bit: your server can have as many SSL certs 
installed as it has IP addresses available for sites.  Each SSL cert 
needs a dedicated IP address.

Not sure what server you're using, so using Apache as an example, one 
way to do it is set up a virtual host container for each IP and specify 
the same DocumentRoot and group [and user] for each.

Max Schwanekamp

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