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From Björn Raupach <>
Subject Re: SSL and Virtual Hosting
Date Wed, 21 Oct 2015 18:44:16 GMT
Dear Jason,

> On 21 Oct 2015, at 19:18, Jason Britton <> wrote:
> Hi Björn -
> Look in tomcat/conf at the server.xml, you'd just define multiple host
> entries, one host entry would have a name of "" the other
> with "".  Each host entry would also have its own appBase
> (alice-webapps & bob-webapps), meaning both sites could be deployed using
> ROOT.war.  Update the DNS for alice and bob to point at the server your
> consolidated tomcat is on.  Inside tomcat/conf/Catalina/ I'm pretty sure
> you're going to need a directory for each host with that hosts config
> ROOT.xml etc).

thanks. Yes, I know how to do this part.

>  We use Apache HTTPD to proxy to our Tomcats and we
> terminate SSL at HTTPD so I'm not exactly sure on your SSL questions.  Our
> SSL is configured through Apache HTTPD Virtual Hosts.  Maybe you want to
> look into the cost for a wildcard SSL cert that would cover *
> rather than specific hosts?

Unfortunately that is the scenario I am trying to prevent.
I don’t want to add another layer of complexity.
Apache Tomcat works like a charm and if it supports Virtual Hosting I don’t need
another service running.

> Jason
> On Wed, Oct 21, 2015 at 8:27 AM, Björn Raupach <> wrote:
>> Dear group,
>> it would be nice if anyone knows, if my planned setup is going to work.
>> At the moment we are having two services (web apps) at two different
>> machines and hostnames. Lets say and
>> runs without SSL and deploys the web app at the root
>> context. We just throw a ROOT.war in /webapps.
>> needs SSL at all times. It currently does not run with
>> the root context but we would like to. So another ROOT.war. We have an SSL
>> cert for
>> I want both applications to run on a single Tomcat instance with Virtual
>> Hosting. Virtual Hosting with Tomcat that is. I am comfortable with setting
>> up Virtual Hosting, but I am just not sure about the SSL part. Does the
>> choice between IP-based or Hostname matter? might need
>> SSL support in the future.
>> We are using Amazon AWS if that is important. So I could get another
>> Elastic IP. We are working with the latest Apache Tomcat 8 and the latest
>> JDK on the server machines.
>> Sorry if this is not 100% Tomcat related.
>> Thanks for taking the time!
>> with kind regards,
>> Björn
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