Creating SSL certificate with certbot when droplet is a subdomain and root domain has SSL

Posted July 25, 2021 1.7k views
NginxLet's Encrypt

So my problem is this:
I have a root domain which is from 1&1 (Ionos) and that has its own SSL certificate. I also have another server running an application using Digital ocean which also needs an SSL cert. But because this server is a subdomain, certbot just spits this error out whenever I attempt to create a new cert.

sudo certbot –nginx -v

Saving debug log to /var/log/letsencrypt/letsencrypt.log
Plugins selected: Authenticator nginx, Installer nginx

Which names would you like to activate HTTPS for?

1: chat.crypto******.com

Select the appropriate numbers separated by commas and/or spaces, or leave input
blank to select all options shown (Enter ‘c’ to cancel): 1
Requesting a certificate for chat.crypto***.com
Performing the following challenges:
http-01 challenge for chat.crypto
Waiting for verification…
Challenge failed for domain chat.crypto
http-01 challenge for chat.crypto

Certbot failed to authenticate some domains (authenticator: nginx). The Certificate Authority reported these problems:
Domain: chat.crypto******.com
Type: dns
Detail: DNS problem: SERVFAIL looking up CAA for - the domain’s nameservers may be malfunctioning

Hint: The Certificate Authority failed to verify the temporary nginx configuration changes made by Certbot. Ensure the listed domains point to this nginx server and that it is accessible from the internet.

Cleaning up challenges
Some challenges have failed.
Ask for help or search for solutions at See the logfile /var/log/letsencrypt/letsencrypt.log or re-run Certbot with -v for more details.

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Dont split but add ssl to subdomain it self or assign another SSL certificate

Dont split but add ssl to subdomain it self or assign another SSL certificate