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Add support for free SSL certs like those from Let's Encrypt

Now that the EFF and Mozilla are backing the Let's Encrypt project to provide everyone free SSL certs, it would be great if you would permit free usage of SSL certs on Azure Websites.

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    Anonymous shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Here is some additional info to the WebJob @OhadSchneider posted below.

    This is a WebJob-ready console application for renewing Azure Web App TLS/SSL certificates (based on letsencrypt-siteextension).

    • Install on any Web App (unlike the extension, doesn’t have to be the same web app for which you want to manage SSL certs).
    o Publishing with “Delete Existing files” has no effect when the WebJob is deployed to a different (preferably dedicated) Web App (doing this with the extension would silently delete its renewal webjob – by far its biggest issue IMO)
    o Multiple Web App management is supported (compared to the extension that you’d have to install on each and every Web App you own and manage separately)
    • E-mail notifications are built in (via SendGrid).
    • No external dependencies other than Let’s Encrypt (the extension relies on an Azure Storage account which has to be both alive and configured in a certain way, if not renewal will fail).
    • Can be executed as a plain command-line tool from any environment, e.g. a CI system (the extension can only be executed as a WebJob in the context of a Web App)

    Take a look!
    https://github.com/ohadschn/letsencrypt-webapp-renewer

    Thank you Ohad for the summary and sharing your solution!

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      • Eric Malamisura commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is not what we wanted. This still very much relies on the free time of an open source developer to add support. What we wanted was for you to officially support this service and maintain it.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @admin the solution provided requires more than one click to implement, could this be reconsidered please.

      • Russ Painter commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Not completed. This is just a hacky work around, not a supported feature like it should be.

      • Andreas Jochum commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Thank you for this solution. I can work with it temporarily. However, I also find that this function must be available directly in the App Services settings. Please reopen the ticket.

      • John commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        please dont be lazy people .. reopen the issue and provide official support for it ..

      • Nicholas Pretorius commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The "Completed" status of this topic is debatable - depending on your interpretation of the word "support". Kudos to the Azure team for promoting Ohad and sjkp's work and big thank you to them both for their hard work on this topic! Had the topic title said "Enable usage of free SSL certs like Let's Encrypt" then the topic would be "completed". As it stands, MS does not support these solutions.

        "This site-extension is NOT supported by Microsoft" - sjkp (repeated on Ohad's page)

        https://github.com/ohadschn/letsencrypt-webapp-renewer#limitations--disclaimer

      • Dennis Daume commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Ohad's Webjob is great, but it sadly doesn't support the local cache feature that is crucial to be enabled for highly-available web services.

        It would be great if there would be something built-in and officially supported rather than having the community have to play catch-up with the app service features

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The answer by Azure App services's is a bit terrible. We would prefer an integrated solution similar to Azure app services certificates, not a web app that would need maintenance from us. Definitely #PaaS.

      • Peter commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This task really shouldn't have been closed - this looks like a cheap way out of the problem. We can buy SSL certificates at the press of a button - please don't make this harder for us just because it's bad for the money making scheme that the certificate business is.

      • Crispin Horsfield commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Although apparently better than its predecessor - for which thanks - it's still not the integrated solution I reckon most of us would like.

      • Lajos Marton commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        From one side this is a possible solution. From other side this is a big shame for Azure App Service Team.

      • Brian Seekford commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This shouldn't be closed. The setup of the so called "fix" is a pain. Build something into Azure to make it easy. Why can't this simply be an option for the cert? Make this a built in feature, not a hack addon.

      • Jonathan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Microsoft, you're taking a cheap and easy way out of this request for Let's Encrypte support. A third party app that's not integrated into the Azure Portal is hardly the solution people are looking for and requesting. With other providers like KeyCDN (at less than 1/2 the cost of Azure CDN) users get fully integrated Let's Encrypt SSL, ability to hand CDN with HTTPS over a custom domain, and various other features Azure lacks. You're a multi-billion dollar company. Please pull your thumb out and delivery these crucial CDN features.

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