Let’s Encrypt with Symbiosis

We’ve been testing the latest release of Symbiosis Jessie over the last few months with Let’s Encrypt and we’re proud to say it’s now packaged with Symbiosis!

What is Let’s Encrypt?

Let’s encrypt is a free, open certificate authority (CA) that launched at the end of 2015. It provides SSL/TLS certificates via an automated process in the hope of eliminating the current complex system that other CAs use.

How do I get it?

Symbiosis Jessie will come with Let’s Encrypt already set up – This means any hosted domain setup within Symbiosis will automatically be covered without any intervention needed.

Don’t I need an extra IP per domain?

It’s setup using SNI (Server Name Indication) so it’ll all work through your primary IP address. No additional IP addresses are needed no matter how many sites you require a certificate for.

I installed Symbiosis Jessie months ago, do I still get it or do I need to upgrade?

No need to upgrade, thanks to Patrick, he’s pushed this to all Symbiosis Jessie builds. If you already have another SSL provider – you may need to make a change – If not, it’ll just work.

How do I know what version of Symbiosis I’m running?

You can use the following to work it our via command line:

:~# cat /etc/debian_version

This will give a numbered output, 8 = Jessie, 7 = Wheezy, 6 = Squeeze.

I’m not on Jessie, how can I upgrade?

We’ve also included further documentation on how to upgrade from Wheezy . Upgrading from Squeeze (which is no longer supported by Debian) will need to be done to Wheezy first and then to Jessie. If you’re a Managed customer and would like our support team to action this for you – email support@bytemark.co.uk and we’ll arrange the upgrade!


You can see all the Symbiosis Jessie documentation regarding Let’s Encrypt here.