FreePBX user Meetup – Friday, November 8th, Huntsville AL


All are welcome to the first FreePBX user meetup which will take place at The Nook tavern in Huntsville on Friday, November 8th. We will be hanging out from 7pm until “whenever”. Whether you are the most neo of neophyte or a seasoned admin, all are invited to enjoy one of over 450 beers that the Nook has to offer, and hang out with fellow FreePBX users along with Derek Peloquin, FreePBX Community Manager and Rusty Newton, Asterisk Community Support Manager.

We hope to see you there!

The Nook Website:

Address: 3305 Bob Wallace Ave SW, Huntsville, AL 35805

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FreePBX High Availability Project and Limited Time Pre-Release Special Pricing

Schmooze Com Inc., maintainers, core developers and stewards of the FreePBX project are excited to announce the FreePBX High Availability Project. This is an easily implementable, replicable and supportable High Availability version of FreePBX for license by organizations that need a reliable High Availability solution.  View this Video to learn more about this exciting new product from the team that brings you FreePBX, as well as details about our 25% off Pre-Release Promotion, available until October 31, 2013.


HA FreePBX Intro Video

Link on our Video Site :

Managing Disaster Recovery is a difficult and complex task to achieve. Major system outages can be caused by hardware, software, connectivity, natural, human, or other means. Now, FreePBX HA is there to help you ensure the recoverability of your systems.

To make this happen, we are reworking the FreePBX platform to integrate HA utilizing DRBD, Cluster Manager and Pacemaker. This enables automatic mirroring and failover between FreePBX nodes. When a failure condition is detected on your primary PBX, the system will failover to the secondary. Then when the primary node is repaired or recovers, the system will be able to switch back to the primary FreePBX node.

Setup of HA is simply done in the FreePBX GUI where you can also use an online management tool to easily switch between nodes.Lastly, you’ll be able to setup different levels of monitoring and alerts you want to receive in the event of a problem.

Until October 31st we are offering a pre-release special of FreePBX HA that includes two node licenses for $2,250. Upon final release we estimate the cost of two licenses to be at least $3,000. So, by taking advantage of this promo you will be getting a 25% discount! Pre-release buyers will also receive access to private BETA releases and HA development team conference calls.

We anticipate the first private BETA will be released for testing during November 2013.

View Documentation on the High Availability Development Project

To participate in this pre-release promotion, please contact us using our “Contact Us” page.

We’re Getting the Band Back Together

Over the past eight years the FreePBX project has had many key team members coming and going as their business and personal lives changed. Today we announce the return of one of FreePBX’s former “lead singers”, Rob Thomas… well it’s not really Rob Thomas the singer, but Rob Thomas, the former project manager of FreePBX. Rob later passed the torch to Philippe Lindheimer who continues to lead it today.

Rob, also known as X-Rob or xrobau on IRC and the forums, has accepted a position with the Schmooze/FreePBX development team, and has already started working on some exciting new upcoming projects, some of which we’ll be sharing details about at Astricon 10 in Atlanta next month.

“Rob left the project 6 years ago to pursue other exciting projects at a time when FreePBX had no revenue model to sustain his full time involvement” said Philippe Lindheimer, FreePBX Project Lead. Since then the installed base has grown to over 1 million systems and continues to see 20 thousand FreePBX Distro installs each month. “When my current endeavors started to dry up, I expected I’d have to relocate my family to Brisbane or Sydney where the technology opportunities are in Australia” said Rob Thomas, “it’s hard to express my excitement and joy of seeing how the project has flourished to where Schmooze Com, Inc could bring me on to do what I love doing and be rejoined with FreePBX all the while being paid. I’ve always thought it was one of those amazing projects that has made a significant impact to people all over the world. I’m super happy to be coming home!”

During his hiatus for the last several years Rob has worked on various Open Source projects, as well as becoming a massive DevOps proponent. He’s been involved in some interesting projects, as well as working deeply with several distributed/cloud technologies such as OpenStack, CEPH and Puppet. He’s also discovered Roller Derby and is often seen running around the track whistling at girls and writing down their numbers.

In the VoIP arena, he’s been doing some equally cool things, such as designing and building highly-available FreePBX Based VoIP Systems for enterprise (500+ seat) customers. He’s also supported many Asterisk and Freeswitch VoIP customers from small local businesses to carrier grade providers throughout the world. He’s kept up with FreePBX, maintaining a few casual modules and assisting with the occasional bug fix from historical code he’s written.

We are really excited to have Rob back and look forward to the outside experience and history that he brings into the project. Please join us by welcoming Rob back as part of the team!

The FreePBX/Schmooze Team!

FreePBX World Schedule of Events

FreePBX World


Free for All Attendees - August 28-29, 2013 | Free Registration Required
Registration grants full access to all FreePBX World conference sessions.  Also includes access to all ITEXPO keynotes, general sessions, free workshops, networking receptions and unlimited exhibit hall access.


  • 9:00-9:45am: What is FreePBX and its History – Philippe Lindheimer of FreePBX/Schmooze-  Find out how FreePBX grew to be more than just an easy way to write config files for Asterisk, to become the most widely adopted Open Source PBX Platform and EcoSystem in the world, we will provide an overview of what the FreePBX project is and a timeline in history of how FreePBX has evolved into what it is today and how our millions of users benefit

  • 10:00-10:30am: What are the plans for FreePBX in the next 12 months– Bryan Walters of FreePBX/Schmooze – The technological expectations of todays business communication systems have gone through all sorts of changes over the past decade, Review our plans for FreePBX for the next year as well as features and ideas that are being worked on to keep up with the rapid advancements in technology.

  • 10:30-11:00am: Overview of the FreePBX Ecosystem– Tony Lewis of FreePBX/Schmooze – Overview of what the FreePBX Ecosystem really means and how it is being moved forward.  This Ecosystem we talk about is related to the bigger picture of FreePBX from hardware manufacturer support, software add ons, SIPStation trunking, Reseller Program, OEM Program, forums and Professional Services

  • 11:00-11:45am: Preview of Asterisk 12– Billy Chia of Digium– Overview of what’s changing in Asterisk 12 and how these changes will impact future features and possibilities of FreePBX.

  • 12:30-1:15pm: Sangoma MCU into FreePBX– presented by Sangoma – Overview of the FreePBX/Sangoma Partnership on their MCU unit and the connection of Video Conferencing from the MCU into FreePBX

  • 1:15-2:00pm: iSymphony Operator Panel– presented by i9 Technologies – Overview on what the iSymphony Operator panel is and the new 3.0 features and ease of use and setup in FreePBX

  • 3:00-3:30pm: Allison Smith Observations of a Telephone Voice– Allison Smith the Voice of Asterisk –Allison Smith – the Voice of Asterisk, as well as the voice of countless other platforms for major telcos and large and SMBs alike, discusses her observations of IVR systems from her unique vantage point – from behind the mic, as one of the world’s most prevalent telephone voices. Are telephone systems becoming more intuitive; easier to use; and less frustrating for callers to navigate? They’re a necessary evil in today’s turnkey world, but are we still making it as difficult as possible for callers to get what they want?

  • 3:30-4:00pm: SIPStation Trunking integration into FreePBX– Philippe Lindheimer of FreePBX/Schmooze – The SIP trunking service included in every FreePBX system and managed by the same development team that leads FreePBX. Discuss how the new features that are being worked on will offer true Hybrid features into every FreePBX system for the ultimate Premise and Cloud based offering mix

  • 4:00-4:45pm: CyberData Product Overview and integration into FreePBX– presented by CyberData –Product overview of the CyberData product line from paging gateways, door access control, key-less entry and intercom boxes all fitting into the FreePBX EcoSystem.


  • 9:00-9:45am: How to present, sell and close FreePBX systems to your customers– Preston McNair of FreePBX/Schmooze – Talk about the best practices for presenting and selling FreePBX systems to your prospective clients.  Open Standards give you a lot of flexibility when designing client solutions, we will cover how to present the FreePBX EcoSystem and what FreePBX brings to the table to help you win more business, as well as some pitfalls to avoid when presenting Open Source products.

  • 11:00am-12:00pm: FreePBX Developer Roundtable/Getting Involved Community Q&A with the Core Development Team – Community Q&A with the FreePBX Team.  Ask any questions about FreePBX and the EcoSystem.

  • 12:00-12:45pm: FreePBX Commercial Modules and How they Can Help your Business SucceedPreston McNair of FreePBX/Schmooze – A review of the additional FreePBX commercial modules that can be added to enhance a base install of FreePBX, and how these modules can help you close more PBX sales

  • 1:00-1:30pm: Project Documentation  How to write and contribute back to the Project Andrew Nagy of FreePBX/Schmooze – The FreePBX community is a fantastic community for developing, contributing and getting support. The vast majority of all manuals and guides have been created and maintained by people putting in voluntary contributions of their time, to give back to the project.  This creates a very stable community and home for documentation and allows us to focus on development and improving FreePBX. In this session we will cover how to write documentation and contribute it back to the Project.

  • 1:30-2:00pm: Security as it relates to FreePBX and Asterisk– Scott Holtzman of Micro Advantage -We will discuss best practices with securing your FreePBX server from internal and external attacks and tools to use to make sure you have the most secure server but still access for remote workers and SIP Trunking.

  • 2:00-2:45pm: IPAD Replacement to your Desktop Phone– presented by Mocet – Mobile devices like the Apple iPad are rapidly being adopted in business as the go to device for collaboration. But there are serious challenges in deployment, provisioning and support. Learn how you can address those issues while delivering HD wide-band voice quality and dramatically simplifying the end user experience using the MOCET Communicator and FreePBX Endpoint Manager.

  • 3:00-3:30pm: Yealink Advantage– Overview of Yealink Phones and FreePBX Integration- presented by Yealink. – Overview of Yealink Phones and how they integrate into FreePBX and power of their features

  • 3:45-4:30pm: FreePBX Certified Reseller Program – requirements, features and benefits– Preston McNair of FreePBX/Schmooze – Being a FreePBX certified reseller provides access to Education, support, Leads, Hardware, Software and Support Discounts as well as special buying groups and partnerships. We will outline the Requirements, Features and Benefits of the Certified Reseller Program and the Training Classes designed to help resellers close more sales and compete directly with legacy phone system providers.