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The newest release of trixbox Pro, 2.0, comes with a lot of fixes, updates, and new features.
Its most important new feature is genuine auto-provisioning. Provided, of course, that you use Polycom and/or Aastra phones. As both companies make good IP phones, this should not be a hardship. This literally means plug and playplug in your new server, plug in your phones, have a cup of tea, and the server will find and provision the phones with no intervention from you. Many iPBX systems claim auto-provisioning, but they still require some level of manual intervention. trixbox Pro 2.0 is 100 percent hands-off.
On a new deployment extension numbering starts at 7000. On an existing network, new extensions are automatically incremented from the highest-numbered extension. Of course, the administrator can manually tweak extension numbering however s/he likes. The system even remotely reboots phones when they need it.
trixbox Pro targets resellers rolling out deployments of up to 200 users, so another major new feature is a single management interface for multiple customer accounts, with hot-switching between accounts. Health monitors send alerts for a large number of both hardware and software problems.
Continuing with the theme of "make the computer do the work" for both administrators and end users, trixbox Pro auto-detects and auto-configures BRI and E1 interfaces, which are the European equivalents to ISDN and T1. Country-specific telecom settings are as easy as entering the country name in a configuration file; trixbox Pro will then take care of any country-specific settings without human intervention.
If you're thinking "This all sounds a lot like PBXtra" (see our review) you are correct. PBXtra and trixbox Pro share a common codebase, and both target resellers. The main difference between the two is that PBXtra is a complete turnkey system that includes both hardware and software. With trixbox Pro, you have a software-only option or a hardware/software bundle. For more information and free downloads visit trixbox.com.
This article was first published on VoIPPlanet.com.