As I promised, I’d update more often about some of the things I’ve been working on. In my other posts, I’ve been playing around with VMWare ESXi in my basement on an older Dell 1750.
I had a couple of goals.
- Update my Trixbox (Asterisk) installation
- Run SpaceWalk
- Run ZenOSS
- Have a linux utility box
- Screw around and push VMWare’s ESXi until it cried for mercy
Update my Trixbox (Asterisk) installation
I still get a lot of traffic to my site since I have some detailed instructions for setting up ViaTalk with Trixbox. Some time recently, my current server, version 2.2 stopped working reliably. The Tin Foil hat crowd pointed their fingers at Comcast but I couldn’t buy that in my hearts of hearts. Sure enough, ViaTalk updated some of there settings and I could get my Trixbox installation working about 50% of the time.
So, version 2.4 has come out. So I started fresh. All my VM’s are 2 CPU’s with 4GB RAM. ESX|ESXi does a great job of abstracting the amount of memory so even thought the OS sees all 4GB’s, the VM is really only taking up about 150MB’s on the hypervisor; YMMV.
After screwing around (the back up and restore method DID NOT work), I finally got a “golden image.” I got in the habit of snapshotting my VM image so I could always roll back if need be instead of suffering another complete install.
I have my VM’s to have their filesystem on the drives in the 1750, but the swap is actually served off NFS on my Freebsd box, (you might ask yourself why I did this. Remember, I wanted to see the breaking points of the VM’s so I did some things intentionally that would create some overhead).
I got everything set up and it worked great… except on tiny thing. Now, I have to have:
Allow Anonymous Inbound SIP Calls?
** WARNING **
Setting this to ‘yes’ will potentially allow ANYBODY to call into your Asterisk server using the SIP protocol
It should only be used if you fully understand the impact of allowing anonymous calls into your server
set to “Yes” in order to receive calls. Otherwise, callers get “This number is not in service” when they ring our number. It took me awhile to find this. It’s in the General Settings.
I have to say that it is working MUCH better. I tried to run Trixbox under Microsoft’s Virtual PC about a year ago and it sucked. Granted, the Dell 1750 is much different than my powerful, homebuilt WinXP desktop, but I must admit that I was a little skeptical.
Even setting up my Cisco 7960 was easy. I did have to refer to my older posts trying to remember how to unlock my phone.
The Rest… more to come…
The rest of the items I mentioned will come in other posts, otherwise I might be here all night.