This is my introduction and first questions to the forum. I’m sysadmin for a small art college, current fleet of Cisco 7940/7960 phones is approx. 120. We run CCM & Unity on fairly old hardware, our gateway is a Cisco 2811 w/2 WICs & 2 ethernet ports, PRI circuits from same carrier. It’s time to upgrade and I tire of CCM administration and license costs. But our 2811 will remain.
My plan is to do the following so as to have a small number of phones running a secondary PBX/v-mail system on Asterisk so I can do proof of concept and gradually migrate phones & voice mail accounts to the Asterisk system. We have an existing VMware cluster but I will most likely run the Asterisk server on bare metal with voice mail running on a VM.
The current phone system runs on two VLANs; one for desk phones’ VOIP traffic, the other for the CCM twins and the Unity server. I’ve built an additional VLAN for the Asterisk server and would like to run this additional VLAN on one of the ethernet ports of the 2811 while the production system is running.
Since both PRI circuits carry all our calls, is it possible for the 2811 to send some DIDs through one ethernet interface and some through the other?
With a fleet of phones and voice mail accounts this small, would running Asterisk and the voice mail server as VMs work? I don’t see our fleet of phones growing, most likely it will shrink somewhat over the next two years.
Can Asterisk take bulk new account creation data from some sort of export from CCM? If so, is there an ActiveDirectory component?
Thanks for your time!