Introduction

V7.0.0

RCL SSL CertificateBot is installed in a hosting machine.

It allows for automatic renewal of SSL/TLS certificates and installation of certificates in the hosting machine for a web server to use.

You can use RCL SSL CertificateBot to automatically renew SSL/TLS certificates created in the RCL SSL Portal using the the following creation options :

Linux Server

RCL SSL CertificateBot runs as a Daemon in a Linux hosting machine.

Windows Server

RCL SSL CertificateBot runs as a Windows Service in a Windows hosting machine.

How it Works

  • The application will request a list of certificates in a user’s subscription in the RCL SSL Portal
  • It will look for certificates in the list that are specified to be ‘included in the hosting machine’. If it finds a specified certificate, it will save the certificate in the hosting machine
  • If a certificate is about to expire, it will be scheduled for renewal, and subsequently saved to the hosting machine the next time the process is run
  • The web server will be automatically configured to use the SSL/TLS certificate that was saved to the hosting machine

This entire process is repeated every seven (7) days to ensure the automatic renewal and installation of certificates.

Web Servers

Web servers can use the certificates saved in the Windows or Linux hosting machine.

The following web servers are supported:

  • Apache
  • Apache Tomcat
  • NGINX
  • IIS
  • any server that configures SSL/TLS by referencing certificates files stored in the server

Important

Please do no use the RCL SSL AutoRenew Function if you are using CertificateBot. This may result in unexpected behavior and certificates may not be automatically updated in the hosting machine.

Next Steps