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Asterisk RealTime LDAP Driver Guide

AsteriskFedoraLinuxOpenLDAPOpen SourceSuretec W. Michael Petullo has published a very detailed article for Red Hat Magazine about using the Asterisk RealTime LDAP[?] Driver and Fedora Directory Server.

It's well written and a good read, but just so you know, OpenLDAP can easily be used and should have been the first choice as I'm sure our partners in crime Symas would point out too ;-)

But hey, it's a Red Hat Magazine so you can't blame them really...


Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) has emerged as a popular technology for modern voice communications. Many organizations have replaced their analog or proprietary digital telephone systems with VoIP-based solutions. This allows the consolidation of telephone services into an existing IP infrastructure. In addition, using IP to host voice services lets the organization leverage existing expertise–while retaining all of the network’s management advantages. Though not without its disadvantages, VoIP provides a compelling option to those looking for a telephone solution.

This article will present a simple VoIP solution using Asterisk, an open source private branch exchange (PBX) product. It will show you how to install Asterisk, configure it using its LDAP backend, and connect to it using the Ekiga software VoIP client and a Cisco 7900 Series VoIP telephone to make calls.


The first comment about the article is right though:

In general experienced users from the Asterisk community advise against purchasing Cisco phones for business deployment with Asterisk and recommend Polycom, Aastra or Snom instead. Cisco phones are very expensive, difficult to setup, technical documentation is not easily accessible for the end-user, their SIP firmware has some nasty surprises and as far as I know that cheap SmartNet contract is still quite difficult to get.


The LDIF Schema and normal LDAP schema are available in non-FDS format and are contributed to the Asterisk Project by Suretec and maintained by Suretec.

Thanks,

Gavin.

Fedora F8 - upgrade from DVD, surely not?

Fedora For some reason an i386 upgrade via DVD is busted.

Work arounds seem to be upgrading by YUM either by pointing to the DVD or online repos.

See:

F8 - upgrading impossible
and Fedora 8 installed. My report.


Hmmmm......Worth the effort??...??

UPDATE:

Yes it is. Very fast.

Writing this on F8 x86_64, whilst one of our laptops is being upgraded from Fedora 7 to Fedora 8 via yum