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Topic # 119749 12-Jun-2013 10:56
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I have some conflicting information here. It seems that renewing an SSL cert on a running site should not affect anything as per here: 
They recommend just renewing the cert.
But digicert who we are using as our provider recommentd creating a dummy site and generating the request off that:

Is there a proper and recommended way to go here? Anyone got any reasons why you would choose one way over the other?


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  Reply # 834661 12-Jun-2013 11:10
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Renewing a cert would normally generate a request using the same private key. There will be no impact on the existing site until you change to use the new certificate.

Using a dummy site would generate a new private key.

In short, no real difference, the private key/cert pairing is a machine thing and can apply to whatever site you want. Doing it on a dummy site would probably be less stressful if you are unsure (given that if you break something somehow it won't affect live).

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  Reply # 835719 12-Jun-2013 12:50
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Cheers, thanks for that. I was also just told that because I cannot guarantee the CA server that did the previous certificate, an automatic renew might fail if the CA server has changes somehow. So it is best to just do a new cert off a dummy site.

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