SSL Certificate - Needced on a Staging Site

Hi:

I am trying to figure out if I need a separate SSL certificate for my stageing site - mysite.staging.com.  If in .Net, I set my project properties to publish to an SSL Url, with the traffic between my site and the browser be encrypted even if I do not purchase a separate ssl certificate for the staging site?

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kadadi_vIT AdminCommented:
Have you purchased the Wild-card SSL certificate..?

Regards,
VK
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RBSAuthor Commented:
no
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RBSAuthor Commented:
My question is not whether I can use a wild-card SSL certificate - it is without any certificate at all, if I publish to an SSL Url, is my content encrypted - even though there is no certificate testifying that it has been secured - i.e.  is obtaining and using the certificate part an essential part of making the communications secure.
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kadadi_vIT AdminCommented:
you have standard certificate for domain staging.com ...right?
Now you need the https://mysite.staging.com....this is correct..?

If you need the https other than www.domain.com , then you need to purchase the wildcard certificate then you configure it to sub-domains also.

Regards,
VK
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RBSAuthor Commented:
This may be true - but it does not answer my question.
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RBSAuthor Commented:
I am planning on moving a site from one service provider to another.  Before making the move, I would like to create a staging site on the new service provider.  Before making the final move of my main site, will my staging site on the new provider be secure while I do testing - or will I need to purchase an SSL certificate in order to make it secure even though I publish to an SSL URL (port).
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kadadi_vIT AdminCommented:
Without SSL certificate purchased from CA ( Certificate Authorities ) you can not use the https URL.
And yes you can if you can use the  self signed-certificate but it gives the error when you browse.

Difference :
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/15189.difference-between-self-signed-ssl-certificate-authority.aspx

Regards,
VK
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RBSAuthor Commented:
Thank you VK - this is the info that I am looking for - I guess I do need a certificate in order to make communications secure - but for testing on a staging server in the cloud, self-signed would do the trick?

"Self-signed certificate encrypt the data but flunk to retain customer on site due to error message regarding risky behavior of web site."

"In Self-signed certificate private key is shared between third party and end user while in signed certificate private key is kept with end user and not shared with anyone."
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gheistCommented:
cacert is good and it bores your eyes if you try to mix test infrastructure with normal infrastructure.
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Najam UddinCommented:
Apart from self signed certificate you can try tricking your browser by mapping domain name to required ip in host file of system. I am not 100% sure but it might work.
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RBSAuthor Commented:
Thanks
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