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From: Nicholas Diotte <xphox () xphox net>
Date: 18 Nov 2003 18:01:48 -0000



Good afternoon list,

I've been asked to find a way to enable SSL on all our products, the problem is they are spread accross multiple 
servers, and devices.

Based on my current knowledge, I would assume that it is okay for me to self sign, and generate my own certificates.  
However the powers that be, do not want to have to confirm a message box each time they close their browser.  

So my question is the following:  What is the difference between certificates?  You can pay $400.00 for a VeriSign 
SuperCert, you can pay $99.00 from DirectNic, and you can generate them yourself.  What are the advantages of going 
with VeriSign, vs. a smaller company.  And what are the disadvantages of generating your own.

Also, 2nd questions:  Why not have a wildcard certificate? *.domain.org.  And can you use the wildcard certificate on 
multiple devices.  So I guess, can you copy the same key on multiple servers?

This environment contains multiple webservers, mostly IIS, but some Apache.

Thanks,
Nick

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