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.
This tutorial will cover the following:-
You can skip ahead at any time, but my suggestion is that you follow this tutorial through in order - and don't forget to read the 'beginners guide to securing elastix'.
I've deliberately designed this tutorial to produce a PBX that has no outgoing route (no SIP gateway or IP-PBX - no way to 'call an external phone number') to protect you from financial consequences if you're hacked - but from experience these 'proof of concept' networks have a habit of being taken into production. BE CAREFUL - hacking an asterisk box is suprisingly simple if it's not properly secured - and we know of folks that have found they've racked up 10's of thousands of dollars in fraudulent overseas calls after being hacked.
Start the clock - Let's get started on step 1 - How to install Elastix on Windows as a VM.