I have an Azure Web App that has 15 domain names associated with (i.e. all domain names map to the same application).

I need to provide SSL for all 15 domains, pointing to the same Web App.

My observations so far:

  • Conventional SSL binding requires one IP address per domain, so I would need 15 IP addresses for this one Web App.

  • Azure Web App only supplies a single IP per web app unless I purchase additional IPs at $39/each. I want to avoid buying 15 additional IPs.

  • I could create 15 Web applications under the same App Service Plan, but it looks like they all use the same external IP address as long as they are in the same app service plan, correct?

  • The newer SNI binding scheme can be used with a singular IP address across multiple domains, but is not supported in older browsers, such as IE on WinXP (more or less the only limitation of SNI, that I found)

  • I would like to avoid SNI SSL bindings since we have a decent amount of revenue coming from Windows XP/IE users that can't support SNI.

Given my requirements:

  • Support SSL for 15 domain names on single App Service Plan (single or multiple web app instances)
  • Avoid purchasing additional IPs if possible
  • Avoid SNI if possible

... seems to me like the only reasonable option left is a UCC/SAN SSL certificate, correct?

If so, when I tried to purchase an "App Service Certificate" via Azure, I get the following info box which implies that UCC certs are not an option (at least for purchase):

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My question is:

a.) Given my requirements, is my plan for using a SAN cert the appropriate course?

b.) Does Azure even support UCC/SAN certs for a scenario like this? I don't want to buy the cert only to find out I can't use it the way I intend.

Thanks in advance!


Azure supports UCC/SAN SSL certificate. But as per your image, you have tried to purchase this type ssl certificate through Azure 'App Service Certificate' that's why you were unable to find UCC/SAN certificate option from it. So purchase it from trusted SSL provider.

If your all 15 domains are first level sub domains of the main domain then you can also secure them with wildcard ssl certificate. But if they are multi domains like abc.com, app.abc.net, login.xyz.biz, signup.abc.org then SAN SSL is the best option to go for.

As per your requirements:

If you got decent amount of revenue from older browsers Windows XP/IE then don't go for SNI. But SNI doesn't fully ignore IE web browser but some of its versions. Read more on SNI supports which browser and server.

As per your questions:

  1. Go for UCC/SAN SSL certificate to which Microsoft Azure supports.
  2. If not want to use SNI then take different IP address for each domain which is also valid but in the 'SSL Bindings' option, you have to select SSL type as 'IP based SSL'.
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Yes, UCC/SAN SSL Certificate will support in Microsoft Azure.

After purchasing the Certificate, you just need to enable the SNI feature. It will cover all your 15 domains.

SSL Certificates which will work (Suggested by Microsoft)

  • Comodo UCC SSL
  • Comodo Multi Domain SSL
  • GeoTrust True BusinessID Multi Domain SSL
  • Thawte Web Server SSL Certificate
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Yes, your all 15 web applications can be secure in Azure App Service by configuring an SSL certificate binding. SAN SSL is an ideal solution to secure all applications with a single certificate. Azure app service covers custom domains and matches specified subjectAltName values.

To secure all web applications with a single IP, it is essential that choose SSL type “SNI SSL” under the SSL binding option. Otherwise, you need to purchase different IP addresses for each web application and select “IP based SSL” option.

* IP based SSL associates a certificate with a domain name by mapping the dedicated public IP address of the server to the domain name. This requires each domain name (contoso.com, fabricam.com, etc.) associated with your service to have a dedicated IP address. This is the traditional method of associating SSL certificates with a web server.
* SNI based SSL is an extension to SSL and **[Transport Layer Security](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transport_Layer_Security)** (TLS) that allows multiple domains to share the same IP address, with separate security certificates for each domain. Most modern browsers (including Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Opera) support SNI, however older browsers may not support SNI. For more information on SNI, see the **[Server Name Indication](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Server_Name_Indication)** article on Wikipedia.

Microsoft suggests to use CA signed certificate because of self-signed certificates are not trusted by the browser. As per your requirements, you can go with Comodo Multi Domain SSL for lower prices.


  1. https://www.ssl2buy.com/wiki/server-name-indication-sni-use-multiple-ssl-on-a-single-ip
  2. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/app-service-web/web-sites-configure-ssl-certificate#bkmk_subjectaltname
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