I need to migrate an existing AsteriskNOW/FreePBX installation to Debian 6 (“squeeze”) running as a virtual machine (VM) on either VMware Player or VirtualBox. In the process I’d like to get out of AsteriskNOW and go to a FreePBX distribution.
There are several available instruction sheets on how to install Asterisk / FreePBX on Debian… can you all please send me a pointer to the one that you have found to be the most accurate and trouble-free?
The versions I need are Asterisk 1.8.15 and FreePBX 188.8.131.52. Why those versions specifically, and no others? Because while I would love to be able to upgrade the entire system to the latest and the greatest, I have never, ever been able to find a way to do that that does not trash my FreePBX installation. Even just doing a “yum update” on the base CentOS 5.8 installation trashes FreePBX… fortunately I discovered this while working with one of my throwaway VMs so no permanent damage was done.
Why Debian 6 / Squeeze specifically? Because out of several distros I tried in VMware and VirtualBox VMs… Debian 6/7, CentOS 5.8/5.9/6.4, Lubuntu (“Lightweight Ubuntu”) 13.04, Kubuntu (“KDE Ubuntu”, I forget the version number)… Debian 6 seems the least intrusive and piggish on host system resources; when idle it’s running about 2.5 percent of CPU on the host vs about 7 percent for Lubuntu and 18 percent for CentOS 5.8 even after I put “divide=10” into the boot parameters. In each case, the OS was running in text mode, no GUI. (Incidentally, in case there is interest here, VMware Player and VirtualBox seem comparable in this regard, with no clear reason, so far, to prefer one over the other.)
So, if you all could please point me to the “correct” way (among all the marginally-correct and flat out incorrect ways) of installing on Debian 6 I would be most grateful.