[BALU] Asterisk noob suggestions

Jeff Roberts jefflroberts at gmail.com
Thu Jun 7 15:12:44 CDT 2007

Yeah i third what these guys are saying.  Suck it up and learn how
plain asterisk works.  The gui's will keep you from fully
understanding things and limit what you can do. Buy a little hardware,
subscribe to the asterisk users list, get familiar with voip-info.org,
and work with it a lot.  Having a mentor of some sort doesnt hurt

On 6/7/07, Daniel Hallmark <daniel.hallmark at gmail.com> wrote:
> I asked essentially the same question on 2/19, so if you can look
> those messages up in the archives you can reread that thread.  I
> ultimately chose to go the plain asterisk route (download and compile)
> and to manually edit the config files so I would be learning how the
> system works under the covers.
> The "appliance" concept is a nice one, and GUIs for configuration are
> convenient.  But both of those approaches tend to hide non-standard
> customizations and configuration details from you so that when
> something breaks you're really not sure what broke or how to fix it.
> Any tips or advice based on folks who use the standard core system may
> not apply to the appliance, so you're committing yourself to the
> support and documentation provided by the appliance (i.e. trixbox)
> rather than by the application author (i.e. digium).
> For "just playing around purposes" you could potentially look at using
> a pre-built vmware image of a working trixbox system.  If you haven't
> frequented nerdvittles.com yet then I'd do a lot of browsing there -
> supposedly they put out such an image and I've seen comments that
> trixbox doesn't necessarily install straight into a vm very well.
> If your ultimate plans would be to outsource then I wouldn't waste
> time trying to set up and build your own system.  If you don't have
> the time to commit to doing a lot of reading, research, and
> experimentation to really learn how the system works and how to
> maintain/troubleshoot it then you're not going to have what it takes
> to really give the technology a fair shake.
> I do think it is probably within the capabilities of most any
> interested programmer/admin-type individual to pick up and learn
> asterisk if they have the time and inclination, and you may be able to
> save significant $$$ hosting in-house.
> I had started a few asterisk pages on the BALU wiki (btw Larry, it
> looks like the wiki is returning an HTTP 500 server error response)
> which you can access from http://www.bham-lug.org/ after it is back
> up.  We also somewhere have a video recording of a presentation that
> the folks at Adams Bro's produce ran.  They use asterisk for their
> corporate phone system at multiple facilities.  That video is supposed
> to be up on a media server, but I don't have the link to that.
> Daniel
> On 6/7/07, Andrew Stewart <astewart at notre1.com> wrote:
> > I talked my boss into allowing me to setup an Asterisk box and get a few
> >   SIP phones to evaluate.
> >
> > Linux wise, I'm just a little beyond a beginner.  I can install a
> > system, read man pages, explain the filesystem hierarchy, setup
> > permissions, use apt/yum to add/remove programs, and I understand most
> > of the terminology.  But, I am by no means an expert or even an
> > experienced administrator.
> >
> > I would like something that has some sort of gui for basic
> > configuration, so that I am not the only one that was able to do manage
> > it.  And, I would also like something that I could outsource the
> > management/maintenance of if the thing grew into a huge, nasty
> > company-wide initiative (slim chance of that).
> >
> > I'm thinking about starting out with one of the Asterisk distros:
> >         Digium's AsteriskNOW <http://www.asterisknow.org/>
> >         trixbox <http://www.trixbox.org>
> >         elastix <http://www.elastix.org/>
> >
> > What about running it inside VMWare, so I could start it out on my
> > workstation and then move it to a bigger server when needed.  Would this
> > be a good(tm) thing?
> >
> > What do you guys suggest?
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