Asterisk Fast Start

Class Objectives

The goal of this course is to familiarize students with Asterisk and the environment in which it operates, both in terms of operating system and telephony (traditional and IP) connections — and to acquaint participants with the installation, configuration and basic operation of Asterisk. This course will take students (who do not need to have previous experience with Linux, telephony or Asterisk) from a freshly installed Linux PC through to a fully configured and working Asterisk implementation.

The emphasis is on the practical implementation, and not necessarily a detailed understanding of every element of an Asterisk deployment or the detailed workings of the underlying technologies involved — this can be obtained, if desired, subsequent to the course by further research.

At the end of the training class, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the purpose and primary functionality of Asterisk as a PBX and as an application development platform
  • List the functionality associated with a traditional PBX
  • Explain the background to Asterisk in terms of the history of Digium and the Open Source community of which it is a part
  • Define the operating system environments in which Asterisk is developed and supported
  • Describe the telephony connections which Asterisk supports and identify the Digium hardware needed to effect this connectivity
  • Identify the basic characteristics of analog and digital PSTN connections and how VoIP compares and contrasts with these
  • Install and run Asterisk from the packages available for download from
  • Configure Asterisk to deliver basic PBX functionality including basic call routing, voicemail and directory services
  • Learn the basics of Linux in order to be an effective Asterisk administrator

Class Prerequisites

This is an entry-level course; there are no prerequisites to attend this training.


Class Format

The Asterisk Fast Start course is a three-day course. Class will begin at 9:30 AM on the first day and each day thereafter at 8:30 AM. The class will consist of a combination of lectures and lab exercises.

The labs will be presented in a workbook which the student gets to keep. The lecture notes and sample configurations will also be included. As each lab and lecture builds on the results of the previous lab and lecture, the workbook is a great way for students to work through the process at their own pace, as well as ensure that they have learned all the relevant material.


Class Materials and Cool Stuff (Optional)

Each attendee will receive the following for the course:

  • Digium TDM411B Analog card (1 FXO port + 1 FXS port)
  • Digium TE122P T1/E1/J1 card
  • Polycom SoundPoint® IP 330 SIP Phone
  • Training Courseware
  • Asterisk: The Future of Telephony – O’Reilly (2nd Edition)
  • Asterisk T-shirt
  • Calculator
  • Mouse Pad
  • Uniball Digium Pen

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