Welcome!

CMS Authors: Mehdi Daoudi, Rishi Bhargava, Harry Trott, Xenia von Wedel, Carmen Gonzalez

Related Topics: Microsoft Cloud, Microservices Expo, Silverlight, Agile Computing, Release Management , CMS

Microsoft Cloud: Blog Post

Series: Exchange 2013 and Lync 2013 Integration with AsteriskNOW PBX Pt. 1

This will be a 3-part blog series on integrating AsteriskNOW PBX with Lync and Exchange 2013.

Recently I have been involved in a couple of projects which required both Lync EV and Exchange UM. In order to do some testing I needed to get some kind of PBX into my lab environment. After searching the internet I found a ton of information but not a single source that showed all the "correct" implementation steps. This is what I hope to provide in this series. I decided that it would probably be too much for a single blog so I am going to break it up into 3. This series will contain the following articles:

  1. Exchange 2013 and Lync 2013 Integration with AsteriskNOW PBX Pt. 1 - this will describe how to get AsteriskNOW configured with local PBX extensions. This will allow us to utilize softphones to call between PBX users.
  2. Exchange 2013 and Lync 2013 Integration with AsteriskNOW PBX Pt. 2 - next we need to tie our new PBX into the Lync 2013 infrastructure. This will include creating PSTN GWs\Trunks, EV Enabled Users, Auto Attendant, EVA, etc...
  3. Exchange 2013 and Lync 2013 Integration with AsteriskNOW PBX Pt. 3 - lastly we will finish up integration from Lync 2013 to Exchange 2013 for Unified Messaging.

Let's get started with installing our AsteriskNOW PBX. First lets download both AsteriskNOW 3.0.0 (http://www.asterisk.org/downloads/asterisknow) and your favorite softphone, for which I chose X-Lite (http://www.counterpath.com/x-lite-for-windows-download.html). I am utilizing HyperV and VMs for my lab but you can adjust to any environment you are using.

1. Creating AsteriskNOW Virtual Server

If using HyperV Manager than right click the HyperV Host server and select new virtual machine. Give this server a name, 1GB of memory, 20GB of Storage, and for networking make sure this is "not connected", and click finish to create the virtual machine. Now before starting the server we need to setup networking. The reason we left this blank during the VM creation wizard is because we have to use the "older" legacy network adapter. In the console right click the newly crated vm, choose settings, and then "Add Hardware". On the right hand side select Legacy Network Adapter and click Add. Make sure you set this legacy adapter to connect to the virtual switch that your other VMs are connected. Now attach the .ISO we downloaded above to the CD\DVD Image so that we can boot into the AsteriskNOW setup wizard.

2. AsteriskNOW Setup

After booting the VM you will be presented with the screen below. Select option 1 to install Asterisk 11 and Free PBX. Next select Reinitialize All, Choose your Time zone, set the root password, and allow Linux to setup the partitioning. The setup should take anywhere from 10-15 minutes.

Now we need to set the AsteriskNow server to use a static IP. Login as the root account you created during setup and type system-config-network. This will bring up a select action window. Select Device Configuration, hit enter on your NIC, and type in your information (see below). For the DNS server put your AD DNS server that Lync and Exchange have configured. After typing this information click OK, Save, and then select DNS configuration. Type in your AD DNS information similar to below. I put 4.2.2.2 as an additional DNS server on the internet but this isn't needed if your AD DNS can send DNS requests to an Internet DNS server. Now click OK, Save&Quit, and then type shutdown -r now at the command prompt to reboot the server.

3. Create PBX Extensions

With AsteriskNow and FreePBX you can do most of the configuration from the FreePBX Admin Webpage. Go to http://asteriskserverip, click FreePBX Administration, and then type admin for both the username and password. You will see the Administration console below. Click on Applications, Extensions, select Generic SIP Device and click Submit. Fill in the information below and create a couple of users (screenshot below).

Extenstion - I am using 3XXX for Asterisk

DisplayName - Unique User Identifier

Secret - similar to password (keep track of this because we will need it)

Context - from-internal

Make sure after adding the users you click "Apply Config" at the top of the screen or these changes won't get submitted.

4. Setup X-Lite Softphone Users

Now we need to setup the X-Lite client on two computers. Technically these computers don't have to contain audio devices but you will want this for the future if possible. I am not going to walk through the X-Lite installation because this is a basic next, next, finish. Let's configure the X-Lite client on both machines with the 2 users we created in Step 3. Once opening the X-Lite client, click Softphone, Account Settings and fill in the information we used in Step 3 (see below). The Password is what we put into the Secret field  (1User1) during the creation of the user. Click ok and you should get logged into the Asterisk box.

5. Call testing between X-Lite Users

Once X-Lite is installed and configured on both workstations lets dial one of the users extensions from the other pc. Connected!!

Now we successfully setup calling between two users on our AsteriskNow PBX. In the next article of this series we will dive into how to connect AsteriskNow Users with Lync 2013 Enterprise Voice enabled users.

Richard Schwendiman - http://blogs.technet.com/b/rischwen/

More Stories By Richard Schwendiman

My name is Richard Schwendiman and I am currently working for Microsoft as a (PFE) Premier Field Engineer specializing in both Exchange and Lync. I have been working as an IT Consultant for 13+ years focusing on a wide array of Infrastructure technologies. These technologies include Messaging, UC, Networking, Platforms, Active Directory, Virtualization, etc... I am currently certified as an MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer), MCSE Messaging 2013, MCSE Communications 2013, MCSA 2012, MCITP Enterprise Messaging, MCTS-Lync, CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate), Commvault, CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional), and JNCIA-ER (Juniper Enterprise Routing). I am hoping that through this blog I can bring knowledge from the field and keep everyone informed about our ever changing Industry. Please feel free to email me any questions, comments, or concerns pertaining to this blog or any technology related things. Thanks and look forward to providing some good content. http://blogs.technet.com/b/rischwen/

@ThingsExpo Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that Evatronix will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Evatronix SA offers comprehensive solutions in the design and implementation of electronic systems, in CAD / CAM deployment, and also is a designer and manufacturer of advanced 3D scanners for professional applications.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Synametrics Technologies will exhibit at SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Synametrics Technologies is a privately held company based in Plainsboro, New Jersey that has been providing solutions for the developer community since 1997. Based on the success of its initial product offerings such as WinSQL, Xeams, SynaMan and Syncrify, Synametrics continues to create and hone inn...
To get the most out of their data, successful companies are not focusing on queries and data lakes, they are actively integrating analytics into their operations with a data-first application development approach. Real-time adjustments to improve revenues, reduce costs, or mitigate risk rely on applications that minimize latency on a variety of data sources. In his session at @BigDataExpo, Jack Norris, Senior Vice President, Data and Applications at MapR Technologies, reviewed best practices to ...
With tough new regulations coming to Europe on data privacy in May 2018, Calligo will explain why in reality the effect is global and transforms how you consider critical data. EU GDPR fundamentally rewrites the rules for cloud, Big Data and IoT. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Adam Ryan, Vice President and General Manager EMEA at Calligo, examined the regulations and provided insight on how it affects technology, challenges the established rules and will usher in new levels of diligence arou...
Recently, WebRTC has a lot of eyes from market. The use cases of WebRTC are expanding - video chat, online education, online health care etc. Not only for human-to-human communication, but also IoT use cases such as machine to human use cases can be seen recently. One of the typical use-case is remote camera monitoring. With WebRTC, people can have interoperability and flexibility for deploying monitoring service. However, the benefit of WebRTC for IoT is not only its convenience and interopera...
The 22nd International Cloud Expo | 1st DXWorld Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo, to be held June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY, brings together Cloud Computing, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding busin...
Smart cities have the potential to change our lives at so many levels for citizens: less pollution, reduced parking obstacles, better health, education and more energy savings. Real-time data streaming and the Internet of Things (IoT) possess the power to turn this vision into a reality. However, most organizations today are building their data infrastructure to focus solely on addressing immediate business needs vs. a platform capable of quickly adapting emerging technologies to address future ...
No hype cycles or predictions of a gazillion things here. IoT is here. You get it. You know your business and have great ideas for a business transformation strategy. What comes next? Time to make it happen. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jay Mason, an Associate Partner of Analytics, IoT & Cybersecurity at M&S Consulting, presented a step-by-step plan to develop your technology implementation strategy. He also discussed the evaluation of communication standards and IoT messaging protocols, data...
Product connectivity goes hand and hand these days with increased use of personal data. New IoT devices are becoming more personalized than ever before. In his session at 22nd Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo, Nicolas Fierro, CEO of MIMIR Blockchain Solutions, will discuss how in order to protect your data and privacy, IoT applications need to embrace Blockchain technology for a new level of product security never before seen - or needed.
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Raju Shreewastava, founder of Big Data Trunk, provided a fun and simple way to introduce Machine Leaning to anyone and everyone. He solved a machine learning problem and demonstrated an easy way to be able to do machine learning without even coding. Raju Shreewastava is the founder of Big Data Trunk (www.BigDataTrunk.com), a Big Data Training and consulting firm with offices in the United States. He previously led the data warehouse/business intelligence and B...
Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo have announced the conference tracks for Cloud Expo 2018. Cloud Expo will be held June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, and November 6-8, 2018, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with the introduction of DX Expo within the program. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive ov...
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, whic...
"Evatronix provides design services to companies that need to integrate the IoT technology in their products but they don't necessarily have the expertise, knowledge and design team to do so," explained Adam Morawiec, VP of Business Development at Evatronix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Recently, REAN Cloud built a digital concierge for a North Carolina hospital that had observed that most patient call button questions were repetitive. In addition, the paper-based process used to measure patient health metrics was laborious, not in real-time and sometimes error-prone. In their session at 21st Cloud Expo, Sean Finnerty, Executive Director, Practice Lead, Health Care & Life Science at REAN Cloud, and Dr. S.P.T. Krishnan, Principal Architect at REAN Cloud, discussed how they built...
Digital Transformation (DX) is not a "one-size-fits all" strategy. Each organization needs to develop its own unique, long-term DX plan. It must do so by realizing that we now live in a data-driven age, and that technologies such as Cloud Computing, Big Data, the IoT, Cognitive Computing, and Blockchain are only tools. In her general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Rebecca Wanta explained how the strategy must focus on DX and include a commitment from top management to create great IT jobs, monitor ...
"Digital transformation - what we knew about it in the past has been redefined. Automation is going to play such a huge role in that because the culture, the technology, and the business operations are being shifted now," stated Brian Boeggeman, VP of Alliances & Partnerships at Ayehu, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
In his Opening Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, John Considine, General Manager of IBM Cloud Infrastructure, led attendees through the exciting evolution of the cloud. He looked at this major disruption from the perspective of technology, business models, and what this means for enterprises of all sizes. John Considine is General Manager of Cloud Infrastructure Services at IBM. In that role he is responsible for leading IBM’s public cloud infrastructure including strategy, development, and offering m...
Nordstrom is transforming the way that they do business and the cloud is the key to enabling speed and hyper personalized customer experiences. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ken Schow, VP of Engineering at Nordstrom, discussed some of the key learnings and common pitfalls of large enterprises moving to the cloud. This includes strategies around choosing a cloud provider(s), architecture, and lessons learned. In addition, he covered some of the best practices for structured team migration an...
22nd International Cloud Expo, taking place June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and co-located with the 1st DXWorld Expo will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud ...
22nd International Cloud Expo, taking place June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and co-located with the 1st DXWorld Expo will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud ...