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Below you'll find a list of some of our blog entries - the list might seem varied, and many times has nothing at all to do with remote area communications - that's by design. We just like to blog about a random array of little discoveries that we've found useful in every day life, and think other folks might find useful too - Enjoy!

How to Install Elastic Asterisk on Windows as a VMWare Virtual Machine

Ok, following on from my last post, here's what you'll need to do to install Elastix on your Machine as a VmWare VM.


What you'll need:-


  1. A copy of VMware Player (I'm using 5.0.2 for this tutorial - at the time of writing it can be downloaded here) - you want 'VMWare Player for Windows' or 'VMWare Player for Linux'.
  2. The latest build of Elastix Asterisk (I'm using version 2.4.0 for this tutorial) - at the time of writing you can download elastix here.
  3. A little patience :)


Step 1 - Install VMWare Player (if you need assistance doing that, I've found a fairly good video guide to installing VMWare player here).

Step 2 - Create a New VM - either press Ctrl-N or select 'player-> File -> New Virtual Machine'

Step 3 - (Important) - select 'I will Install the Operating System Later'

Step 4 - Select guest operating system - Elastix is based upon Linux, so select 'Linux' and then either the default or 'Centos' (if you downloaded the 32 bit version of Elastix) or Centos 64-Bit (if you downloaded the 64 bit), although it shouldn't really matter what version of linux you select.

Step 5 - Make a name for your virtual machine - I'd suggest 'Elastix VM' and select where you want to save it - VM's are transportable between one machine and another so I usually save my VM's in a dedicated 'VM' folder I create in 'My Documents'

Step 6 - Specify a Disk Capacity - I'd suggest leave it at the default (20GB), although you can go as low as 5GB if you need - and then choose 'Split the Virtual Machine into Multiple Files'

Step 7 - select your newly created virtual machine, and click 'edit machine settings'

Step 8 - Change the network adapter to 'Bridged'.

Step 9 - Select CD/DVD (IDE) and select 'Use ISO Image File' - then browse to the Elastix ISO that you downloaded earlier.

Step 10 - Click OK, Select the name of your VM and Click 'Play Virtual Machine'.

Step 11 - When you get to the 'Elastix' Splash Page, left click in the window and hit enter.

Step 12 - You Mostly Need to Select the Defaults - eg:-

  • Language - English
  • Keyboard - US
  • Would you like to erase the drive - Yes (this only erases the currently empty VM, not your PC hard drive)
  • Partitioning Type - use free space and create default layout
  • Review and Modify Partitioning Layout - NO
  • Would you like to configure the eth0 interface - YES



Setting up an Elastix (Asterisk) Test Network - For Beginners

I know that when I first setup an Asterisk PBX, I found the process quite difficult - whilst there's plenty of information available on the internet, most of it is aimed at an advanced level, making it very difficult for beginners or folks with a limited budget and no VOIP hardware to 'get started' - so I thought I'd write this short tutorial - for ease of use, the tutorial will use a GUI version of Asterisk, called 'Elastix'.

The 'Aim' of this tutorial is to take you from a complete asterisk novice to having a fully functional Asterisk / Elastix Test PABX -allowing you to make internal calls within your network in around 20 minutes.


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Lenovo T520 will not boot - No Bios, 1-3-3-1 Code

This morning when I tried to start my Lenovo T520 Laptop, I got a blank screen, and a soft beeping sound coming from inside the laptop. The sound was like morse code - 1 long beep, 3 short beeps, another 3 short beeps and a final long beep (code 1-3-3-1)

After doing a

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Google April Fools 2013 - International Space Station - Control Room

International Space Station - You Have 41 Visitors!


Well folks, Google Strikes again - I checked my Google Analytics account this morning to find that I had 41 Visitors, all from the International Space Station - Control Room... See below.. I guess it must be April Fools.. Interestingly, although folks have discovered the 'google nose' joke, they don't seem to have discovered this little 'easter egg' just yet -


Google April Fools 2013


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