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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Supporting Multiple URL for Service Provider

As a File Sync and Share solution for Service Provider, sometimes you may need to support multiple companies, each with a different URL. For example, company A may want to access the solution as file.mycompany.com and company B may want to access the same solution as file.yourcompany.com.

As a service provider, one possible solution is to setup two different Gladinet Cloud Enterprise servers, one for company A and one for company B.

However, it may be more efficient if both company A and company B are on the same Gladinet Cloud Enterprise server and each access the file sync and share solution via a different URL. So it is a multi-tenant file sync and share solution with support for multiple different company URLs.

Server Name Indication

The first step is to enable SSL for multiple different URLs because each company would like to access the URL via SSL. To enable multiple HTTPS SSL binding on the same server, first we will need to use Server Name Indication (SNI), which is available in Windows Server 2012. Server Name Indication allows IIS to bind to the same SSL port but with different URL.

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The end result is being able to bind to the same SSL port with different Host name.

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Enable Multiple Site Binding

Now next step is to enable multiple site binding. This can be done by inspecting the web.config file under the c:\program files (x86)\gladinet cloud enterprise\namespace\web.config file.

Look for the line

<serviceHostingEnvironment aspNetCompatibilityEnabled="true" />

and change it to:

<serviceHostingEnvironment aspNetCompatibilityEnabled="true" multipleSiteBindingsEnabled="true"/>

 

Disable Gladinet Load Balancing

Now because multiple companies are all using the same Gladinet Cloud Enterprise server using different URL, we need to disable Gladinet Load Balancing. The load balancing part can be done by external dedicated load balancer.

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Now your Gladinet Cloud Enterprise can service multiple companies each on a different company URL.

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