Windows 2012 Active Directory Backup: Disaster Recovery procedure

Drive CrashIn this post I’ll write about Active Directory backup and restore through System State in Windows 2012, and for a single domain-controller in a forest with only this domain.

System state backup creates a backup file for critical system related components and, last but not least, Active Directory database: this backup file can be used to recover the critical system components after a crash.

I’ll explain the step-by-step procedure to backup & restore using System State. Continue reading

Configuration Guide for using AudioCodes MP-114 with Asterisk 11

I think that Audiocodes is one of the better SIP PSTN gateways available on the market: the problem with this device (besides its high cost) has always been its most unfriendly user interface.

In this post I’ll show how to get working an AudioCodes MP-114 with Asterisk 11: this device is an FXO unit with 4 ports. Continue reading

Integrating Fax for Asterisk in Asterisk 11

Muirhead_fax_machineAs much as we may hate it, there are still some transactions that require fax. Fax┬áis an old archaic dinosaur technology but… the reality is that fax usage is everywhere… and probably will be for quite some time for no other reason than the complete and utter simplicity of fax usage!

In a rather smart move on Digium’s part, they’ve also rolled out Free Fax For Asterisk (FFA) where you can get a free 1-channel license for an Asterisk installation. This will suffice to fax small offices need.

In this post I’ll show you how to install and configure FFA in Asterisk 11. Continue reading