I am looking at building a small asterisk System for my department. I am the IT director at a public school system and I am looking for a better way for my staff to communicate in 7 different schools. As of now I am looking at 12 desk phones and 4 wifi phones. I am looking for a little guidance as I am a newbie to Asterisk. I am still specking out the hardware and wanted to make sure this would handle what I am planning to do. I am looking at a 1 u box for asterisk: P4 3.0ghz, 1 gig of ram, 2 80 gig hds mirrored, dual 100/1000 nics. I am looking at linksys 942 desk phones and linsys WIP300 wifi phones. The only restriction I have since we are a public school is we can only order hardware from a few approved venders. So if none of the venders carry something I want, I canâ€™t get it. That is the only reason I am looking at the linksys phones, they are main stream and my venders carry them. We will only have one POTS line as 90 percent of the calls will never leave the internal network. However because of limited space in my racks I wanted to have an external FXO device. Does anyone know of a compatible one? I was looking at the Dlink DIV140, again because it is available from my approved venders.
I want to buy a second server and place it in another building as a fail over server. Is this supported? The routers in my school will handle the VPN fail over to the secondary server site. Beyond this is their anything else I need?
I was planning on using Asterisk Now because of ease of installation. Are their any advantages to using regular Asterisk on Fedora Core?