SSL and IIS 6 - IS SSL able to read host headers?


I have a IIS6 server, with 1 webpage running on SSL 443. Can i have another webpage with the same IP address but a different host header running on SSL 443 in the same IIS?

i cant make it work, i have changed the IP address of the second webpage and all is working.

Is this a limitation of SSL or IIS or both?

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You can't use host headers with SSL.  Each SSL site needs its own IP address.  This is inherent to how SSL works and is for sound security reasons, so I'm not sure it can be characterized as a 'limitation'.
Actually, to be more precise you can use host headers with SSL in IIS 6 (SP1) if you are using a wildcard SSL certificate - see

However, wildcard SSL certs are limited to multiple sites that are subdomains of the same primary domain, ie. and

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93darksideAuthor Commented:
yes, i have a * wildcard 128bit SSL cert, so with this MS doco i should be able to do host headers!
93darksideAuthor Commented:
Humeniuk, your a legend! i have asked a few people about this, and got 'not sure' answers. LEGEND!@
Well, I have to say that 'legend' is a first for me, but I can live with it  :)   Thanks for the A.

(and don't forget the SP1 part - very important)
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