Taking A Closer Look At A UC Certificate Example
There are different options in SSL/TLS products to address the needs of specific types of security and for specific needs. This all comes from the definition of SSL which is to provide a method of encryption that is secure to transfer information from a client to a server or between a server and a server.
The UC certificate is even more specific than this general definition. While all Comodo SSL certificate products will work across all server platforms and with 99.9% of browsers and devices, the UC certificate has the added advantage of being specially designed to work in the Microsoft Exchange and the Microsoft Office Communications server environments.
This makes any UC certificate example slightly different from a general wildcard, EV SSL or even a Multi-Domain/SAN product. It does incorporate elements of each including enhanced security, multiple domain protection and the use of the SAN (Subject Alternative Name) field, but the UC certificate example has been developed to work with the unique and advanced features and options found on the Microsoft Exchange and Office Communications server networks.
What it Looks Like to Users
If you are looking around online to find a site to see a working UC certificate example, it will be virtually impossible to detect from other SSL certificate products. These are not EV (extra validation) level certificates, so there is no green bar to make them highly evident as you are surfing or browsing online.
For most people, it will be impossible to tell if there is UCC or a standard Wildcard or single domain validated or organization validated SSL/TLS product in use. However, if you click through the information on the pop-up box of the certificate and click on the Subject Alternative Name line, you will see the various domains protected by the certificate.
When the combination of Subject Alternative Names in the field value box include DNS subdomains such as autodiscover or mail followed by the domain name and the extension (.net, .com, .biz) you are on a site using a UCC.
If there is more than one main domain, it is either a Multi-Domain name SAN or a UCC. Either option will provide you with a UC certificate example from the user side of the equation. Keep in mind that Multi-Domain SAN certs are not the same as the approved UCC products that are recommended for the Exchange and the Office Communications server environments.
What to Consider
There are several different considerations to think about after you have looked at the UC certificate example and determined it is the right option for your needs. Comparing different products by various Certificate Authorities will be very helpful in keeping costs low and having top levels of features and functions.
Most of the certificates will be offered for up to three years. Comodo recommends buying the three-year option as it offers a lower year plus there is less administrative time in setting up in the installation process.
Look for a CA offering top support for these products. Ideally, verify on the Microsoft site that you are working with a company authorized to provide the UCC products through Microsoft. As Comodo was one of the original developers of the product with Microsoft, you never have to worry when choosing our products.
Make sure to compare prices as well as reviews. You will find some of the Certificate Authorities have less than ideal ratings with past customers. Typically, this is because of lack of customer support and response, something that is a central focus of everything we do at Comodo.
You should also check the number of Fully Qualified Domain Names that are included the base price for the UC certificate. Our certificates allow you three unique Fully Qualified Domain Name and then up to 97 more for a total of 100 sites per certificate. The additional domains are added for a small nominal cost, resulting in much less expense to secure all of your sites than a Wildcard, which only covers a main domain and subdomains, or individual Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) or Transport Security Layer (TLS) certs.
If you have any question at all or need more assistance in reviewing the UC certificate example and how it will work for your specific server setup, get in touch with our staff at Comodo. We will take the time to make sure you understand the benefits of this product and discuss alternatives or options if you have specific requirements.
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