April 27th, 2012
The following are the steps used to install the above two packages on WHS V1. The goal is to provide VoIP phone service for a home or small office from a server that is likely to be up 7/24.
The initial steps are done via Remote Desktop
- Install FreeSWITCH
- open a cmd window and cd to Program Files\freeswitch. Type ‘freeswitchconsole –install’ to setup as a Service.
- Don’t start the service just yet though.
- Download and install FastCGI from iis.net, get the manual install X86 version (don’
- Install and configure PHP5.3 using these instructions, use the Non-Thread safe VC9 .msi fileTest PHP to ensure it is working (create a test page)
- Configure FastCGI to work with PHP, use either the script or manual method of configuration
- Install Tortoise SVN
- Create a FusionPBX directory under c:\inetpub
- Download the current version of FusionPBX using SVN (right click on directory then SVN Checkout)
- Right click on c:\inetpub\FusionPBX, For Users in Security/Add/Advanced, set Full Control and Apply
- Add a web site link for FusionPBX to Remote login page
- Edit c:\inetpub\Remote\WebSite.xml, create an Internal Web Site entry, URI is /fusionpbx (make very certain that ‘fusionpbx’ is lower case here!!!!)
- The rest of the steps can be done from outside of Remote Desktop
- Browse to https://<your WHS server>/remote, log in and click on FusionPBX. If FPBX says that the directory is not writeable, figure out what step above that you missed/messed up
- Configure FusionPBX, happy phone calls
- Back in Remote Desktop: Right click on c:\inetpub\FusionPBX, For User in Security/Add/Advanced, clear Full Control (leave all the others set) and Apply
That’s it, you are done except for the details:
- Disable direct access to FusionPBX via web! (How did they do this with Intranet site?
- Manage FS log files
April 26th, 2012
Rather than spending my time installing a new Debian dev system, then building OpenWRT etc, I will see how FS and FusionPBX operate on Windows. I am not the first so it is only a matter of working through the details. End goal might be to run this combo on my Windows Home Server, it is up 7/24 anyway.
- download FreeSWITCH-x86 from the weekly build
- Install using the .msi file, I chose Complete
- Open a CMD window, run as administrator
- C:\Program Files\FreeSWITCH\FreeSwitchConsole.exe to start up FS. Leave this CMD window open, closing it exits FS. Later on you can enable FS as a Service
- Allow Firewall access, there will be a pop up from Windows Firewall (or whatever else you have chosen to use for a firewall)
- Ensure that your router forwards Port 5080 to your machine
- If you are running on a Windows Server or using Windows 7 Prof/Ultimate, install IIS and related tools using Control Panel/Programs and Features. On the left is a link to Enable/Disable Windows Features.
- Enable CGI under Application Dev Features of IIS Services
- Install PHP53 and PHP Manager for IIS on your machine using http://www.microsoft.com/web/downloads/platform.aspx
- If you are running FusionPBX on a port other than 80, configure the firewall appropriately
- Browse to localhost:< port > and install FusionPBX as per usual instructions.
June 3rd, 2011
This posting details how to install FusionPBX on an OpenWRT system. In particular it is a Seagate Dockstar but there is nothing needed that is specific to the device. The goal is to implement a full function Home PBX with a minimal footprint on your OpenWRT device.
We assume that you have set up your OpenWRT system with a USB drive of some sort, else you likely will not have space for all the files that we need to install. See my previous post on that topic.
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June 2nd, 2011
Ok, its been a while since working on this topic. I did play with debian on the Dockstar for a few weeks but in the end the convenience of OpenWRT won me over. It has just enough and is easy enough to add new packages to.
A lot of improvements have happened to OpenWRT in the past 7 months. Two major ones are a much simplified Boot from USB (aka bootext) and the upgrade of FreeSwitch to 1.0.7.
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August 3rd, 2010
For the past 3 years we have been using PBX In A Flash on an Atom-based PC. This resulted in massive savings, the typical monthly phone bill is < $10. Calls to Europe are less than $0.018/min.
But Asterisk has a few issues and I am generally afraid to upgrade beyond 1.4. So, I went looking for an alternative. The chosen one is FreeSWITCH. Even better, it will run on a Seagate Dockstar, which has no moving parts. (The CPU fan on our PBX likes to seize up once in a while, not nice to cook your cpu that way).
I purchased a Dockstar on eBay and am now about to place OpenWRT on it.
Some useful links:
Making a serial cable, just in case
Installing OpenWRT without opening device
Another method of installing Linux
Using JTag in case the device turns into a brick
More to come as I move forward.
FreeSWITCH now has a book describing its configuration and customization. Well worth the price.