2 servers Failover config, same hostname


dear fellows,

i have 2 servers on failover config, dns based switching. the servers themselves are configured with the same hostname.

i was able to generate the certificate for both, but i can only renew for one IP, and not for the other.

i need both renewed.

i’d like some suggestions on how to manage this.
so far what came to my mind is to change the hostname of the second which i cannot renew, issue a new ssl cert for this new hostname, and keep the third party dns failover config unchanged.

however, i believe the mismatch between the typed hostname on browser by the visitor, and the hostname of the server might trigger a ssl error message.

i’d appreciate your comments.

best regards,
fernando a. bender


If you can arrange to do so securely I recommend arranging for the “passive” member of the pair to obtain a copy of the certificate and key from the active member and use that. This way if failover happens, you’re using an known good key and certificate.

You are correct that a cert for the wrong name is useless. Only the DNS name matters, the certificate just contains a list of Fully Qualified Domain Names add as subjects, the IP address, port number and other characteristics are not specified in a certificate.


ok. solved by simply copying the renewed certs over.


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