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SSL Expiration Monitoring

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Now this blog is available via https. Thanks for the courtesy of Let’s Encrypt and great step by step instruction how to install it on Azure Web App.

SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt expires in 3 month. Instruction above configures a web job to update certificate before it expire. However, you may want to set up an extra reminder for the certificate expiration.

Application Insights web test will fail when certificate is invalid. It will be a little bit late as certificate is already expired.

So I created a little tool that will return certificate information for a given domain name.

When you call http://webteststools.azurewebsites.net/certificate/apmtips.com/ - it will return a JSON with certificate information like this:

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{
    "ExpirationDate":"10/18/2016 6:30:00 AM",
    "ExpiresIn10Days":false,
    "IssuerName":"CN=Let's Encrypt Authority X3, O=Let's Encrypt, C=US",
    "Subject":"CN=apmtips.com",
    "Error":false
}

So you can set up an Application Insights web test that will call that url and validate response:

Now when "ExpiresIn10Days":false will turn into "ExpiresIn10Days":true - alert will fire and there will be 10 more days to fix a certificate.

There is now a new point of failure - this new tool. If it is down - you will get a false alarm. Considering Azure Web Apps SLA and the fact that certificates do not expire too often - it may be a good compromise.

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