My domain is: www.teanow5pm.co.uk
I ran this command (I think): letsencrypt.exe --plugin manual --manualhost www.teanow5pm.co.uk --validationmode http-01 --validation ftp --webroot ftp://ftp.teanow5pm.co.uk/public_html --username xxxxxx --password xxxxxx
Some months ago (in March) I issued myself a certificate for a test domain. (Windows Apache.) Since I couldn’t use a local webroot for the domain during the challenge, I used a live webroot via my ftp server.
The process worked and I was happy; a certificate was issued and set to renew, or expire, on 20 June.
Several weeks had passed, when much to my surprise, the certificate was automatically renewed and a new expiry date in August set.
I would leave it the way it is, but I have recently received an email from Let’s Encrypt, informing me that my certificate will expire on June 20.
I’m kind of confused by that. Why was the certificate automatically renewed several weeks ago and why am I getting a message now, which states that the certificate will expire on the old expiry date?
More importantly, will renewals continue?
The non-live domain is installed on two machines (or drives). I only work on one at a time and sometimes both are switched off for the night.
Are automatic renewals affected when the server folder hosting the certificate, in my case “C:\ProgramData\win-acme\httpsacme-v01.api.letsencrypt.org”, cannot be reached, ie. because the machine is switched off?
What is the interval for automatic renewals, ie. what prompted the first renewal several weeks ago that extended the certificate until August?
Thanks for your help.