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The Asterisk GUI gives you the ability to easily configure your Asterisk system without being a technical expert. Note: The complete software appliance distribution is provided under the GPL and may legally be used for any purpose, commercial or otherwise. Before You Begin AsteriskNOW installation is easy, because the appliance includes only those components necessary to run, debug, and build Asterisk.
You no longer have to worry about kernel versions and package dependencies. Wider browser support will be available with future versions. Installation You should observe all normal precautions when preparing and installing a new distribution. Any existing operating systems on your hard drive will be removed by the Express Installation. Quick installation The essential installation of AsteriskNOW is really quite simple and gives you the ability to get up and running in a short amount of time.
Use this quick installation procedure if you are comfortable with accepting the defaults. Any help you may need is provided with the installation screens. This step is required before installation can begin.
The process for creating a CD image will vary depending upon the CD authoring software you are using. Boot from the CD by restarting the PC. A basic AsteriskNOW boot menu with several options will be provided: To install or upgrade in graphical mode, press Enter. To install or upgrade in Linux text mode, type linux text and then press Enter. The recommended, and default, installation mode is graphical.
If you do not make an entry, the installation will continue in graphical mode. From here, follow the self-explanatory, onscreen prompts to guide you through the installation process. When installation is complete, the system will prompt you to reboot. You are now ready to configure and run AsteriskNOW. After a bit of processing, the initial installation screen is displayed. The initial screen is similar to the following illustration: From the initial installation screen you can read the release notes or the Help information.
When you are ready, click Next to continue the installation. The next installation screen lets you choose the type of installation. The two modes of installation available are: Express Installation The Express Installation installs all of the software needed to install Asterisk. Debugging and development tools are installed with this installation type. Expert Select this installation type if you want to have complete control over all installation options.
Among the options you can control are software package selection, partitioning, and language selection. The default installation type is Express Installation. For the purposes of this procedure, Express Installation is discussed. Choose your installation type and then click Next. The Automatic Partitioning screen is displayed. The Automatic Partitioning screen gives you several options to choose from before the software partitions your drive.
This gives you the opportunity to choose which data if any is removed from your system, and how the drive is partitioned. The following options are available: Remove All Linux Partitions This option will only remove any Linux partitions created from a previous Linux installation.
Remove All Partitions Select this option if you want to remove all partitions on your system, including those created by other operating systems such as Windows. Keep All Partitions You should choose this option if you want to retain all of your current data and partitions. You will need enough hard drive space for your Asterisk implementation. Twenty GB is a realistic minimum, but the minimum space is dependent on the needs of the system you want to create.
In most cases, you will want to choose Remove All Partitions. A hard drive dedicated to your Asterisk implementation is the best way to ensure maximum performance. Select the Review checkbox on the Automatic Partitioning screen if you want to review or modify your partition selections. A list of the hard drives available for use is listed on the Automatic Partitioning screen. Select the checkbox next to the hard drive s you want to use for your system.
Click Next to continue with the installation. If you selected Remove All Partitions or Remove All Linux Partitions, a warning dialog will be displayed that asks if you want to proceed. Click Yes to proceed, or No to change your partition selection. If you selected Review on the Automatic Partitioning screen, a screen will be displayed with the partitions created.
You can modify your partitions on this screen. To proceed, click Next. The Network Configuration screen is displayed. You can configure the network devices associated with your system on the Network Configuration screen. Any network devices attached to your system are automatically detected by the installation program and displayed in the Network Devices list.
You can either accept the device s automatically selected by the installation program, or you can edit them by selecting Edit. Once you have specified the hostname, click Next to proceed. The Time Zone Selection screen is displayed. The Time Zone Selection screen offers several ways for you to select the time zone appropriate for your installation. You can either use the world map, which displays major cities, select from a list of locations and time zones, or select the System Clock Uses UTC to use the system time.
Once you have selected a time zone, click Next. The Administrator Password screen is displayed. This password will be used to log on to the system, as well as the Asterisk GUI. Set and confirm an administrator password, and then click Next to proceed. The About to Install screen is displayed, giving you an opportunity to delay or abort the installation process. If you are ready to continue with the installation, click Next. The Installing Packages screen is displayed.
The installation will continue for a few minutes. Once the installation is complete, the system will prompt you to reboot. Remove the installation disk you created, and click Reboot.
All alternate installations can be downloaded from the AsteriskNOW download page.
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