Parallels H-Sphere Documentation Administrator Guide

 

Reseller Shared SSL

 
 

Related Docs:   Securing Your CP with SSL (Sysadmin guide) Reseller Control Panel SSL Installing Shared SSL Certificates Provider's Shared SSL (Reseller guide) Securing Transferred Data through SSL (User guide)

Last modified: 26 Dec 2007

 

WARNING: This documentation covers Parallels H-Sphere versions up to 3.1. For the latest up-to-date Parallels H-Sphere documentation, please proceed to the official Parallels site.

This document explains how to configure your hosting system so your resellers can offer

 

Resellers' Own Wildcard Certificates

In order to allow a reseller set up a shared SSL certificate, you need to give this reseller a unique IP address. This can be done by means of shared IP tags. A shared IP tag is a one or two digit 'mark' that is assigned to customer accounts so accounts with different shared IP tags can be hosted on different shared IPs. In the plan settings, you or your resellers will select out of available shared IP tags, after which new accounts will be created on this new shared IP address. Existing accounts won't be affected, meaning their old IP address will remain the same.

To create a new IP with a shared IP tag:

  1. Select L.Servers in the E.Manager -> Servers menu.
  2. Click the first web (or win2000) server.
  3. On the page that appears, enter a new IP address and net mask, in the Type box select Shared IP, and in the Shared IP Tag field enter a value from 10 to 99. Click Submit.
  4. Repeat the previous step for all web and win servers, using a different (unique) IP addresses for each server, but the same shared IP tag.
  5. Tell your reseller which shared IP tag he can use. For instance, if you have two resellers willing to install shared SSL certificates, you need to create two shared IP tags, e.g. 10 and 11. Then you tell one reseller that he can use tag 10, and the other, that he can use tag 11. It's a good idea to check each reseller's plan settings to make sure they are using correct shared IP tags.

 

Sharing Your Wildcard Certificates with Resellers

Since a wildcard SSL certificate can secure only third level domains of one base domain (e.g. *.example.com), you need to dedicate one domain name that will be available both to your direct end users and to end users of your resellers. Normally, this would be a neutral domain name unrelated to the name of your hosting business. Even though end users will still be hosted on their resellers' domains and will use these domains for http access (http://user1.resellerdomain.com), they will also get secure access based on the domain you offer for shared reseller ssl (https://user1.sharedresellerssldomain.com).

To enable Shared SSL for resellers:

  1. Select DNS Manager in the E.Manager menu and add a DNS zone you'd like to secure for shared use:
    The DNS zone must appear in the list of available DNS zones. If you are going to use this zone only to offer shared SSL, you don't need to enable third level hosting, nor add instant alias or reseller cp alias.
  2. Install a shared SSL certificate on this domain zone as instructed in the Installing Shared SSL Certificates manual.
  3. Once you have installed the shared SSL certificate, select Shared SSL Manager in the E.Manager menu:
  4. Click to enable Share SSL with resellers for the domain zone you have added:
  5. Now your resellers can enable this shared SSL certificate for use by their end users as instructed by the Offering Provider's Shared SSL in the Reseller's guide.
    If you are using different shared IP tags, make sure that your resellers use the same shared IP tag as in the main admin control panel Shared SSL settings.

Related Docs:   Securing Your CP with SSL (Sysadmin guide) Reseller Control Panel SSL Installing Shared SSL Certificates Provider's Shared SSL (Reseller guide) Securing Transferred Data through SSL (User guide)



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