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Ten Things You Didn't Know Apache (2.2) Could Do

Sep 02, 2009, 22:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rich Bowen)

"Here, let’s look at some of the more exciting innovations found in 2.2 and perhaps peek at one or two of the more esoteric ones. You may be surprised and amazed by what’s been lying under your nose all this time.

"SNI

"I realized long ago that leaving the best to last merely ensures that most people won’t make it that far. So, let’s start with the most compelling feature. If you merely read this first page, you’ll still be ahead of the other system administrators in your office.

"Since the beginning of time (the beginning of the web, anyways) SSL suffered from a fundamental shortcoming. Simply stated, you had to have one IP address for every new SSL host that you wanted to run. (The exact origin of this limitation isn’t terribly important right here. You can find a number of articles on the subject elsewhere.) But now that we’ve finally arrived in the 21st Century, you can finally run multiple SSL virtual hosts on the same IP address. You can do this with something called Server Name Indication (SNI)."

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