Posts Tagged ‘Asterisk’

Skype for Asterisk has just been updated to version 1.1.4 Summary of changes within this release: Added privacy controls for web presence as shown at Added auto-reply text chat capability Added support for dialplan app Transfer() on SFA calls To download this update, please visit: So how do I update existing installations of […]

Friday, March 25th, 2011 at 09:49 | 0 comments
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For those who don’t already know, Asterisk is widely regarded as THE open source IP PBX, it is extremely cost effective within smaller organisations (although perfectly capable within larger environments) and labs – I have previously written integration guides for both Microsoft Exchange and Lync (Asterisk is great as a low cost gateway for labs etc.) Late last week Asterisk […]

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010 at 12:02 | 0 comments
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Once a year I give my “blessing” to the wife to go away on a long weekend with the girls and usually I try to call in a few child minding favours from my parents/in-laws and this weekend, thank goodness, is no exception to the rule!

Last time I was given these days of peace I wrote a Trixbox/Exchange 2010 integration guide, the emphasis was on this becoming the first in a series of how-to’s – however this never really came to fruition, the reason? Asterisk + friendly UI = Bad bad bad…so from here on in I have chosen to move to AsteriskNOW.

Trixbox is a great distribution of Asterisk, however it does break certain Asterisk standards and you can’t beat a good ol’ command line – yes in Asterisk’s case the command line is easier than a web interface.

So why not plain old Asterisk? AsteriskNOW makes light work of the install and I’m by no means a Linux guru! You can still opt for the FreePBX front end – but we will choose to not go down this dark path – trust me on this!

So let’s talk objectives…

Setup AsteriskNOW, configuring a SIP extension and corresponding dial-plan
Install and configure Skype for Asterisk (SFA), ensuring the SIP extension above can route in/out (SkypeOut)
Take the Lync 2010 Server install performed here and integrate it with AsteriskNOW
Make calls to and from the Asterisk SIP extension (Lync & SFA)
Make calls to and from the Lync client (SIP & SFA)
So here is an idea of how this will all piece together:

Sounds like a tall order right? Wrong. With AsteriskNOW and Lync Server 2010, it is reasonably straight forward and I will endeavour to document the end-to-end setup process.

Saturday, October 9th, 2010 at 17:48 | 127 comments
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My recent how-to article on Trixbox with Exchange UM integration has generated quite a large amount of interest and from what it seems a large part of the IT community is looking/interested in Unified Messaging (this is suggested by keyword searches from Bing and Google). The question at the back of my mind would be […]

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 at 20:40 | 1 comment
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I previously mentioned that integrating OCS 2007 R2 was now possible given that Asterisk 1.6 now supports TCP SIP trunking. I also found myself in a position where I wanted to start testing Exchange 2010 UM without touching my production PBX (which in this case is a Nortel CS1000). After scouring the blogosphere I found […]

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 at 15:49 | 91 comments
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Most IT pros will not be in possession of an OCS/UC capable PBX from the day they decide to look into evangelising their businesses comms infrastructure. But now that OCS 2007 R2 supports UDP based SIP trunks and third parties like JAHJAH offer off-site trunking services there are alternatives worth considering before making the “bigger” […]

Sunday, September 27th, 2009 at 13:33 | 1 comment
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