Running PBX in a Flash as a Virtual Machine
And It's Still a Lean, Mean Asterisk Machine
If you don't have a spare computer sitting around to dedicate to PBX in a Flash and you'd just like to experiment a bit, then running PBX in a Flash as a virtual machine on your existing Windows, Mac, or Linux Desktop may be just the ticket. From download to functioning system takes less than 5 minutes! Our tutorials are provided in links below. Each will walk you through getting everything set up. Just follow the steps. We don't generally recommend a desktop Virtual Machine setup for a production machine because a software-based PBX tends to be processor intensive. But it's certainly an excellent way to learn about the technology and see if it meets your needs.
Virtual Machine Alternatives
- Hosted VM at RentPBX: $15/mo. with Coupon Code: PIAF2012
- PIAF-Green AMI for Amazon EC2: Features Asterisk 11 and FreePBX 2.11 with tutorial
- PIAF-Purple AMI for Amazon EC2: Features Asterisk 1.8 and FreePBX 2.10 with tutorial
- PIAF-Green-WebRTC VM for VirtualBox: Runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, or Solaris Desktop
- Incredible PBX VM for VirtualBox: Runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, or Solaris Desktop
- PBX in a Flash VM for VirtualBox: Runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, or Solaris Desktop
- Incredible PBX VM for VMware: Available for VMware Player, VMware Workstation, and ESXi
- Older PIAF VM Builds for Proxmox: Includes excellent tutorial
For our true pioneers, we've just introduced PIAF-Purple and PIAF-Green, Incredible PBX, and Incredible Fax for Amazon EC2. These builds feature the latest LTS (long-term support) versions of Asterisk. You'll find the Incredible PBX 10 install instructions here.
As with the standard PBX in a Flash install, you'll need a working Internet connection on your Desktop system to complete the install. We recommend dual-core processors and at least 30GB of free disk space plus 2GB of RAM, 1GB of which can be dedicated to PBX in a Flash. You'll also want at least a 1024x768 resolution monitor so that you have ample workspace for PBX in a Flash and your other applications.
PBX in a Flash runs equally well as a virtual machine on a Windows, Mac, Linux, or Solaris desktop.