Too many certificates error

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My domain is:
I ran this command:
ansible playbook was looking in wrong folder for existing cert, so created new one. Sorry
It produced this output:
too many certificates
My web server is (include version):
The operating system my web server runs on is (include version):
Ubuntu 16.04.6 x64
My hosting provider, if applicable, is:
I can login to a root shell on my machine (yes or no, or I don’t know):
I’m using a control panel to manage my site (no, or provide the name and version of the control panel):
The version of my client is (e.g. output of certbot --version or certbot-auto --version if you’re using Certbot):
not sure

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Hi @ruflem,

Welcome to the community forum!

According to you have issued several duplicate (pre)certificates.

Please review the rate limit documentation at

Renewals are treated specially: they don’t count against your Certificates per Registered Domain limit, but they are subject to a Duplicate Certificate limit of 5 per week.

Based on that specific rate limit, the next date you’ll be able to attempt issuance for those exact domains is August 22nd.

I recommend utilizing the staging environment while testing a new deployment.


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