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The Asterisk Superfecta: Incredible PBX 2020 Finishes First

At the track, picking the first four winning horses pays big bucks, and you’ll never forget winning the Superfecta. When it comes to unified communications, it’s equally advantageous to have cloud, on-premise, VirtualBox, and VMware offerings from which to choose. With the latest rollouts of Incredible PBX® 2020, you literally have the Asterisk® Superfecta. With the exception of the cloud offering, you don’t even have to buy a ticket. The CrownCloud offerings for $25/year in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Germany, and the Netherlands have no equal.1 And soon we’ll roll out IncredibleBackup2020 so you can move transparently between all the platforms.

The current Incredible PBX 2020 offerings include the following:

  1. Incredible PBX 2020 for CentOS 7 and Raspbian 10
  2. Incredible PBX 2020 for VirtualBox®
  3. Incredible PBX 2020 for VMware®
  4. Incredible PBX 2020 for CrownCloud

Snapshot images are available for Raspbian 10, VirtualBox, VMware, and CrownCloud which means all of these builds can be installed in just a few minutes. The Incredible PBX 2020 offering for CentOS 7 is built from source code on the fly which typically takes about 30 minutes once you have your CentOS 7 Minimal platform in place. And, of course, Incredible PBX 2020 for CentOS 7 can be installed on any platform offering a CentOS 7 base image. Unlike most of the other Asterisk aggregations, all Incredible PBX 2020 offerings include both Asterisk and FreePBX® source code which makes upgrades incredibly flexible whether upgrading Asterisk 16 to the latest, trying out Asterisk 17, or updating FreePBX 15 modules.

Upgrading to the Latest Asterisk 16 Release. All Incredible PBX 2020 platforms include an Asterisk 16 upgrade script in the /root folder which will build you the latest release of Asterisk 16 from source code. It also provides the flexibility to choose which modules to include in the build as well as whether to enhance performance on a particular platform by turning on the BUILD_NATIVE Compiler Flag, a feature that is not available with packaged RPMs.

Upgrading to the Latest Asterisk 17 Release. Appreciating that some of you like to live on the bleeding edge, we now have released an Asterisk 17 upgrade script for the CentOS 7, VirtualBox, VMware, and CrownCloud platforms. Just issue the following commands, and you’ll be off to the races.

cd /root
wget http://incrediblepbx.com/upgrade-asterisk17.tar.gz
tar zxvf upgrade-asterisk17.tar.gz
rm -f upgrade-asterisk17.tar.gz

Updating Your FreePBX 15 Modules. While the Module Admin utility in FreePBX gives you the flexibility to update any or all of your FreePBX modules, a simpler method is available to do a bulk upgrade from the Linux CLI. After logging into your PBX as root, issue these commands:

rm -f /tmp/*
fwconsole ma upgradeall
fwconsole reload
systemctl restart apache2

Regardless of the Incredible PBX 2020 platform you choose, always remember our Automatic Update Utility will keep your PBX current, running reliably, and as bug-free as we possibly can make it. No one else in the VoIP community has anything close. Enjoy the free ride!

Originally published: Monday, August 24, 2020

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  1. We don’t make a dime on the CrownCloud platforms, and the on-premise, VirtualBox, and VMware offerings all are free. []