Posts from 2021

Arcible Supporting True Heroes Racing in 2021

For those unfamiliar, the British Superbike Championships are the domestic motorbike racing series in the UK with riders and teams in a host of different classes, at circuits around the UK. True Heroes Racing are one of these teams but with a great purpose and missions and that’s why Arcible will be supporting True Heroes Racing in 2021 for the time.

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Skype for Business Online End of Life

Skype for Business Online has been with us for many years but it’s time for the Skype for Business Online End of Life. Let’s set one thing straight from the offset and that is that Skype for Business Server on-premises is not affected by this milestone and we’ll go on to clarify that point here.

If you are using Skype for Business Online then you will be impacted by the changes unless you move to Microsoft Teams before the end of life date. In this article, we’ll cover in summary what’s changing, the broad impact, and what you need to consider along the way.

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Arcible is Now Cyber Essentials Certified

What is Cyber Essentials certification you may ask? It’s a scheme started by the UK Government and managed by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), for organisations to show that they take security seriously.

Certification is proof that we take our values seriously. Cybersecurity is such a huge issue today with companies routinely in the news relating to data breaches, ransomware attacks, and more. Being Cyber Essentials certified is by no means a golden ticket or a way to eradicate the threat of cyber attack but for us, it’s a step to showing customers that we take what we do seriously.

For Arcible to become Cyber Essentials certified, we didn’t just throw some security controls on top of what we do. Security always has and always will be part of what we do from the ground up. Our Arcible Vision service is a key example of this using secure management processes to help you manage your Microsoft Azure estates or the work we do with customers implementing Microsoft 365 security features such as Microsoft Defender, Cloud App Security, and more.

If you’re interested in finding out more about how Arcible can help your business be more secure while staying productive, contact us for more information.

If you’re interested in your business becoming Cyber Essentials certified and need assistance to get your technical controls in place to meet the programme requirements, our Arcible Assist service could benefit you with ad-hoc support and assistance.

Azure App Service Lets Encrypt Renewal Failures and Resolution

Paying for certificates isn’t the done thing when you can get free certificates from Lets Encrypt. Free certificates from Lets Encrypt come at a different price and that is lifetime as the certificates are only ever valid for 90 days. If you’re still manually buying and installing certificates annually then you don’t want that four times a year so we automate the process end-to-end. This has been working perfectly since about 2018 for us, however, a recent alert about a certificate expiring made us sit up and look at this case of Azure App Service Lets Encrypt renewal failures and the resolution.

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One to One Call Recording in Microsoft Teams

Recording meetings of online meetings is a common occurrence to allow people to refer back to them later or to allow people unable to join catch up. A less common requirement is the ability to do one to one call recording in Microsoft Teams. Until now, the ability to perform the recording of one-on-one calls was governed by the same Meeting Policy as the ability to record multi-participant calls, however, this is changing and breaking out to a new, separate setting.

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Running a Static Website for Less than a Latte

Yes, you read that right. If all you need is a way to show a couple of static web pages you could run a static website for less than the cost of a coffee for the entire year. Although the focus here is a small, simple, and static website, you can apply the same logic to larger sites or even if you need a way to serve up static content over HTTP, not just a website.

What do we mean by a static website?

In web terms, there are primarily two types of website: those which are static based on traditional Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) files and those which are dynamic, calculating different content server-side or retrieving information from a database.

Here, we’re talking about the former. Using the Static Website feature in Azure Storage, we can serve up HTML, JavsScript, and Cascading Stylesheets (CSS).

A website being static doesn’t mean that it can’t look good: by using JavaScript and CSS stylesheets, you can still have a great looking site it just doesn’t need the extra moving pasts like a database backend or a fancy interface to edit and add new pages.

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