AsteriskNOW Install

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Just recently installed AsteriskNOW 1.7.1 32-bit ISO Image  http://www.asterisk.org/downloads. This is my first installation and was done as a test while I'm investigating options for a client request. I should keep better notes, but my style of investigation leaves little for education for others. However, I will try to document what I've found so far.

I originally found Asterisk on sourceForge.com while looking for telephony solutions. When I downloaded the ISO image, I had no idea I was also getting FreePBX with it.

The system is not ready out of the box. Several preliminary steps need to be taken. It's not even ready to run test local phone extensions. Apparently an upgrade is needed, plus; you may find your spending hours trying to figure out why the phone extension won't register. I thought a firewall was blocking port 5060, but discovered after a lot of work that Asterisk doesn't start listening on port 5060 until an extension is installed and you have rebooted or restarted with amportal restart (which is run at the root prompt, not inside the Asterisk OS). 

After the initial installation, the login screen says to connect to the server at the IP address, which brings FreePBX. The instructions on the web site, state to edit sip.conf and extension.conf. But when you open those files, there is a message at the top that says don't edit these files, FreePBX will edit the files.

I'm releasing this now because of the on going FreePBX setup. Needless to say, I found numerous mis directions during the setup. My guess is the person was writing the manual setup procedures while someone else was writing the FreePBX interface updates.

The other thing I discovered is the need for license purchases. The fax module won't work until you install the license. Even after you install the license, you get an error message that indicates that other items need to be installed in order to get it to work. The first license can be free if you want, but you can't be moving it all around. I decided not to install it on my first junk server because I was running into problems along the way and thought I might have to re-install and that'd really mess things up. 

I started running in to a problem where I could get inbound calls, but I couldn't call even the echo test on the server without getting disconnected. I'd listen to 10 seconds of recording and then it'd cut me off. No SIP or firewall involved. I searched every answer I could find on it. It seemed as though everyone who reported a problem on disconnects was for outgoing calls. A few had problems with connecting to the server, but it was obvious it was the device they were connecting with. I decided to ignore the issue and wait for my new server.

Well, the new server arrived. I was quickly installed (due to all the trial and error learning). And also quickly back at the same problem with the disconnect. Unfortunately, I bought a codec g729 and I installed the Free Fax for Asterisk. Then, in an effort to fix the problem, I kept upgrading FreePBX. I got it up to version 1.9 and still had the disconnect problem. Then on the way to FreePBX 2.10, I discovered that Asterisk 1.8 needed to be installed. It seemed odd to me to be pulling the core function out from under the Web page, then install a new core function and the web page would know it had the right version. I had to lookup how to do it and of course, it didn't work. I got error all along the way. I still ran the 2.10 upgrade even though Asterisk would start. That only destroyed the web interface. 

So, now I'm reinstalling everything from scratch again. Great. Gotta love GNU stuff.

Written by Leonard Rogers on Thursday, February 2, 2012 | Comments (0)


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