SSL & Server Name Indication

I recently put a request in to one of the datacenters where I have servers for an additional IP address. Of course they ask what is it for?

An SSL website was the reply…

I got back a note that we do not provide additional IP addresses for SSL anymore.

HU?

So there must now be a common way to put SSL on a shared IP, news to me.

Turns out it is called Server Name Indication which allows the hostname of the request to be included in the SSL handshake.

Turns out you can do it with DirectAdmin can do it, with a bit of tweaking. Looks like I will be putting SNI on my list of things to test.

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