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Add support for SNI (Server Name Indication)

Add support for SNI (Server Name Indication) within the communication the appropriate communication protocols. It is an extension of the TLS protocol. For information on SI, please see:
  • Guest
  • Dec 19 2017
  • Delivered
DeveloperWorks ID DW_ID74987
Link to original RFE
  • Admin
    Ryan Wood commented
    21 Jun, 2021 03:01pm

    Update: This feature will be available soon on the upcoming fix-pack release tentaitlvely scheduled for release by July 9th 2021 (subject to change).

    Due to complexity we are unable to backport to 6.0

    In order to get this enhancement, one must upgrade to (or higher) to receive this.

  • Guest commented
    16 Jun, 2021 09:25am

    Our client and their partner had implemented a workaround to temporarily bypass the SNI requirement; however, this is posing a security concern especially if it would be kept that way for a longer period of time.

    Client had just upgraded to 6.0.1 and are opting to have the SNI feature enabled from 6.0.3x fix pack.

    Having said that, may we know the status re backporting to a fix pack on 6.0.3x? Has this been approved? If yes, kindly advise tentative sched for release, please..

    Thank you very much in advance.


  • Guest commented
    16 Jun, 2021 08:09am

    Hello, Ryan.

    Any update on the status for 6.0.3.x fix pack, please?


  • Guest commented
    9 Jun, 2021 08:22am

    Good day!

    Our clients would like to know status for 6.0.3.x fixpack, please?

    Thank you very much in advance!

    Warm regards,


  • Guest commented
    20 May, 2021 04:48am

    Hello, Ryan.

    Hope this message finds you well.

    Just curious to know if there already is an update re backporting to 6.0.3.x fixpack?

    Thanks in advance!

  • Admin
    Ryan Wood commented
    28 Apr, 2021 12:47pm

    Thank you for the additional feedback. We will consider the request to backport to a fixpack on 6.0.3.x. We will update this thread when we made a desicion, closer to release of the fix in June for 6.1

    If anyone is intrested in testing this functionality with an early release version of 6.1 with this fix, please let me know. We will have a docker container with 6.1.1.x installed with this feature, you'll need to download the container and install to test.

  • Guest commented
    28 Apr, 2021 05:35am

    Yes, please. Hope feature would be available in all 6x versions.

  • Guest commented
    26 Apr, 2021 10:14pm

    I'd like to second the request for SNI support in 6.0.

  • Guest commented
    19 Apr, 2021 01:14pm

    Can we have this feature in 6.0 version?

  • Admin
    Ryan Wood commented
    16 Mar, 2021 03:26pm

    Update: HTTP SNI support is committed to the next release of B2Bi (v6.1.1), tentatively scheduled for a late Q2 release. To prepare to consume this enhancement please ensure you are on v6.1 in advance. In mid-April 2021, we will have a BETA release available if any client would like to participate in an early access program to help test and validate the enhancement is complete. Please reach out to me directly at for more details.

  • Guest commented
    16 Mar, 2021 02:45pm

    Please provide an update on the timeline of this release. We are completely stopped on one new enablement with one of our customers until this is implemented.

  • Guest commented
    5 Jan, 2021 08:25am

    Hi IBM,

    We are starting to see more and more vendors moving to cloud solutions and utilising SNI and we are unable to support them with our strategic toolset, are you able to release a date when support will be available as we are being forced to look at other solutions if we are not able to give a solid path forward.

    Many thanks,


  • Admin
    Ryan Wood commented
    28 Oct, 2020 04:21pm

    Thank you all for the feedback and interest in this enhancement. We have committed this enhancemnt to the upcoming v6.1.1 release, due in 1H of 2021. While that can change, we will update this idea as more information is available.

  • Guest commented
    28 Oct, 2020 03:17pm

    A recent change to AS2 Communications with a major competitor of IBM has the requirement of using SNI with TLS 1.2, I am guessing to be used as a form of Load Balancing. As of release it remains unsupported. Please add this support ASAP as it is now required to enable AS2 Communications with your competitors.

  • Admin
    Ryan Wood commented
    29 Sep, 2020 02:38pm

    Thank you for participating in the request for enhancement community. We have accepted this RFE to our roadmap. Our current plans are to implement SNI support for the HTTP Client Adapter. If there is a need for other use cases (HTTP Server, FTPS, etc) please open a new request. We look to target this feature in an upcoming release on 6.1 in the short term.

  • Guest commented
    9 Oct, 2019 01:17pm

    Also it  concerns security...

  • Guest commented
    9 Oct, 2019 01:15pm

    Please can you help us to have this as soon as possible ?

    It is really starting to be a blocking point...

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