Good Day All,
I have successfull enabled SSL on my lab confluence instance and will like to implement it in a few weeks on two production instances. By default when you generate the self signed certificate its a few months; therefore, I will like to know how can I create a certificate for a year or two.
I would also like to know if the same document "https://confluence.atlassian.com/doc/running-confluence-over-ssl-or-https-161203.html" can be used when the certificate has expired to renew it?
When pushing this out to your production instance, you'll want to get a certificate from a trusted Certificate Authority such as Verisign, GeoTrust, Comodo, etc. These providers charge a fee for their service. When you purchase a certificate through a Certificate Authority, you can choose what length of time the certificate should be valid for.
As a rule of thumb, it's easier to manage SSL certificates through a reverse proxy such as nginx or Apache than directly through Tomcat (the application server for JIRA and Confluence). You'll also get some side benefits by using a reverse proxy such as better connection handling, gzip compression, and the ability to make use of http/2.
Check out this Atlassian article on setting up nginx with HTTPS in front of Confluence: https://confluence.atlassian.com/confeap/running-confluence-behind-nginx-with-ssl-849150880.html
I've also written some more detailed instructions on getting nginx set up if you're using CentOS/Ubuntu: https://danieleads.com/turbo-charging-your-confluence-with-nginx/ - small caveat that my article doesn't contain the extra lines in your configuration that you need to get collaborative editing working in Confluence 6.0 - but this only affects Confluence 6.0 and not any versions before/after 6.0.
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