I'm about to embark on creating 12000 vhosts

Richard Paul Richard at primarysite.net
Mon Feb 11 15:58:54 UTC 2019

Hi Ben,

Thanks for the quick response. That's great to hear, as we'd only get to find this out after putting rather a lot of effort into the process.
We'll be hosting these on cloud instances but since those aren't the fastest machines around I'll take the reloading as a word of caution (we're probably going to have to make another bit of application functionality which will handle this so that we're only reloading when we have domain changes rather than on a regular schedule that'd I'd thought would be the simplest method.)

I have a plan for the rate limits, but thank you for mentioning it. SANs would reduce the number of vhosts, but I'm not sure about the added complexity of managing the vhost templates and the key/cert naming.

Kind regards,

On Mon, 2019-02-11 at 16:35 +0100, Ben Schmidt wrote:
Hi Richard,

we have experience with around 1/4th the vhosts on a single Server, no Issues at all.
Reloading can take up to a minute but the Hardware isn't what I would call recent.

The only thing that you'll have to watch out are Letsencrypt rate Limits > https://letsencrypt.org/docs/rate-limits/
/etc/letsencrypt/renewal $ ls | wc -l
We switched to using SAN Certs whenever possible.

Around 8 years ago I managed a 8000 vHosts Webfarm with a apache. No Issues ether.


On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 4:16 PM rick_pri <nginx-forum at forum.nginx.org<mailto:nginx-forum at forum.nginx.org>> wrote:
Our current setup is pretty simple, we have a regex capture to ensure that
the incoming request is a valid ascii domain name and we serve all our
traffic from that.  Great ... for us.

However, our customers, with about 12000 domain names at present have
started to become quite vocal about having HTTPS on their websites, to which
we provide a custom CMS and website package, which means we're about to
create a new Nginx layer in front of our current servers to terminate TLS.
This will require us to set up vhosts for each certificate issued with
server names which match what's in the certificate's SAN.

To keep this simple we're currently thinking about just having each domain,
and www subdomain, on its own certificate (LetsEncrypt) and vhost but that
is going to lead, approximately, to the number of vhosts mentioned in the
subject line.  As such I wanted to put the feelers out to see if anyone else
had tried to work with large numbers of vhosts and any issues which they may
have come across.

Kind regards,


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