I have an existing SSL wildcard certificate at GoDaddy that expires in a few months. Traditionally we would renew this certificate and, in doing so, begin the countdown towards the existing certificate becoming invalid (72 hours according to the rep on the phone).
I was told that I could, instead, simply buy a totally new certificate and thereby take my time installing it. The caveat, apparently, is that the purchase has to be coordinated by a support rep so that it doesn't come into the system as a renewal.
Will this approach work? Does someone have experience with this? We use the certificate on a dozen servers across several platforms, so the goal here is simplifying this process as much as possible.