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Learn Asterisk with a Fast Start Course

Sep 24, 2009, 00:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Rubens)

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"Like any complex piece of software, you'll have some work to do coming to grips with what it can do and how to set it up. One ideal way to get up to speed fast is by going on a three day Asterisk Fast Start training course offered by Digium, the company that sponsors the Asterisk open source project.

"The Fast Start course assumes no previous knowledge of Linux - the platform on which Asterisk runs - or any knowledge of corporate telephony. Having said that, the course is designed for people who are responsible for corporate telephony, who understand IP networking and who would be familiar with the network topology in their organization. A rudimentary knowledge of some basic Linux commands and tools like ls, cp, and gedit or nano is also pretty much essential. The course takes place in a training room equipped with a PC freshly installed with CentOS (a Red Hat derivative) for each student, all connected to a server which simulates various external lines, exchanges and situations. It consists of a combination of lectures and roll-up-the-sleeves practical lab sessions.

"The first part of the course deals with how phones work and the different types of analog and digital trunks that are available, outlines the concept of a codec and introduces various types, and explains what open source software is. Pretty basic stuff, which anyone attending thinking of installing Asterisk should probably know already. Then it's on to downloading the source code for the various components needed to run asterisk, and compiling and installing the software onto the CentOS PCs."

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