Astrisk on flash


Is there anyone who install an Asterisk on usb stisk or flash ram or something similar ?
Is this recommended or not ?
And what problems may come up in this installation ?

Thanks .

I’m rather new here too, and, for the last several days, I have been tons and tons of research on the net. Yes, there are people who have installed on a USB/Flash combination. Here’s one that I found, and quite useful as well:

Good luck!

I have asterisk running on a USB stick on a Netgear NSLU2. I have had this up and going for a few months now as a test. To date, nothing bad has happened. I am prototyping this for SOHO installs.

From what I have read, if you only keep asterisk on the flash, it should be golden for a long long time. You run into issues if you put the whole OS and swap on the flash. The flash is not designed to be constently written to.

Just to make it more interesting, I have out the OS and swap on the flash, and to date, nothing bad has happend. Off the top of my head I am thinking this was started around Thaksgiving.


Thaks for the assistance .

I think too that the flash isnt for production

In tests i make it works fine but the flash would not work for long time because of the permanent writing cells .

For the SSD i dont know yet but i ll search around

Thanks .

My understanding is that the Asterisk Appliance boots what is essentially AsteriskNOW from flash media. Randy is documenting his initial experiences with one over at voipusersconference.corg/ning/

Flash media certainly has hard write limits, and dies a horrible death thereafter. However, there are a number of distributions that specifically target flash based embedded systems. My preference is Astlinux ( which is based upon FreeBSD and the m0n0wall GUI framework.

Askozia has a nice GUI but most find it very limiting. Also the developer base is extremely small. Astlinux has a very limited GUI but can be administered from SSH like a typical Asterisk box.

Both boot from very small disk images on any sort of media. My systems usually boot from a USB key or CF card.

Michael Graves