Don’t judge me dog, it’s been one of those days.
Hi Mangolassi! I've been stalking this site for a while and thought it's time for my first post here.
I'm currently hosting a FreeBPX box on a VPS. Lately, the performance has been subpar to say the least. Lots of jitter, and drops. The VPS provider is looking into it, but I'm looking for plan B. Does anyone here have any experience with FreePBX on a VPS? If so, which provider would be best? I am located in Pennsylvania, so NY, NJ, or better still, Ashburn, VA would be the best location for us.
I've been reading up on Linode, Backspace, Vultr, and DO. Ideally, the ability to upload my own ISO (the FreePBX distro ISO) would be the easiest, but I am open to other options as well.
I'll be using the VPS exclusively for FreePBX systems, so obviously, the main requirement is voice quality. Any suggestions?
I recently setup my EdgeRouter X as a L2TP server with local user authentication. We've been using this for the past few days without any issues. Connecting from various platforms/OS's works perfectly. Let me know if anyone has an alternative method or if this guide should be tweaked at all.
Assumes outside WAN interface is eth0
configure set vpn ipsec ipsec-interfaces interface eth0 set vpn ipsec nat-traversal enable set vpn ipsec nat-networks allowed-network 0.0.0.0/0 set vpn l2tp remote-access ipsec-settings ike-lifetime 3600
If you have a static IP from your ISP, issue the following command, where x.x.x.x is your IP:
set vpn l2tp remote-access outside-address x.x.x.x
Gateway/next hop for public IP above:
set vpn l2tp remote-access outside-nexthop x.x.x.x set vpn l2tp remote-access client-ip-pool start 10.0.1.10 set vpn l2tp remote-access client-ip-pool stop 10.0.1.20 set vpn l2tp remote-access ipsec-settings authentication mode pre-shared-secret set vpn l2tp remote-access ipsec-settings authentication pre-shared-secret horsebatterystaple set vpn l2tp remote-access authentication mode local set vpn l2tp remote-access authentication local-users username adam password adampassword set vpn l2tp remote-access mtu 1492 set vpn l2tp remote-access dns-servers server-1 184.108.40.206 set vpn l2tp remote-access dns-servers server-2 220.127.116.11 commit
To verify the server is setup, the following command can be used.
show vpn l2tp remote-access
Save to keep changes on reboot
Set firewall rules for VPN traffic:
This can be done via the GUI as well, but I used CLI. Just make sure to pay attention to your rule numbers and order.
set firewall name WAN_LOCAL rule 20 action accept set firewall name WAN_LOCAL rule 20 description Allow_L2TP set firewall name WAN_LOCAL rule 20 destination port 500,1701,4500 set firewall name WAN_LOCAL rule 20 log disable set firewall name WAN_LOCAL rule 20 protocol udp set firewall name WAN_LOCAL rule 30 action accept set firewall name WAN_LOCAL rule 30 description Allow_ESP set firewall name WAN_LOCAL rule 30 log disable set firewall name WAN_LOCAL rule 30 protocol 50
That's it! Now setup the built in client on your OS of choice and you should be good to go.
I'm about to throw my effing laptop across the room if wordpress doesn't let me start customizing my damn website template. Argh!
Isn't this a Wordpress issue, and not a laptop one?
Yeah, but she cant physically throw wordpress. The laptop is the closest accomplice.
Thought I would circle back on this one and give a review of OrangeComputers.
I purchased an R710 from OrangeComputers a few months ago. They were very willing to work with me on price and upgrade components for a very reasonable price. I believe they even upgraded the controller from a Perc6i to an H710 for little to no cost. The server arrived within about 2-3 days, very well packaged, and all firmware up to date. The condition of the server was great, and it has been running 24/7 ever since I booted it with 4-5 VMs on it.
In summary, after 3 months of usage, I would recommend this company for refurb servers, as long as warranty is not a huge issue for you. Their warranty is 90 days standard, but you can pay a little extra and get a 1 year warranty. If you want a 3 year warranty, then these are not the guys to go with. For home use, or even small business, I'd buy from them again. Their pricing is excellent.
I have been tasked with doing a POC for using Azure for VDI. I am exploring multiple options, including other cloud providers and good ol' COLO. However, I am testing each option.
I have been using Zerotier for quite some time now and I love it. I use it everywhere. I recently created a new VM in Azure (the first one) and installed Zerotier on it. From that VM in Azure, I can ping out to my other Zerotier endpoints AND connect to those same endpoints via RDP.
From my local PC (zerotier endpoint), I can also ping the Azure VM via Zerotier. However, I cannot RDP to the Azure VM. I am thinking it must be some sort of routing or firewall issue, but have been banging my head against my desk for the better part of the day.
Does anyone have experience doing this with an Azure VM?
I have a user who just needs to RDP
This conflicts with....
I didn't provide all of the details, because it didn't matter for a recommendation. However, the user does in fact need Windows on both the laptop
The recommendations are based on the original bit. RDP alone has essentially no requirements at all. But if they need to do other things, then that would be the driver of requirements, RDP is a red herring.
That's fair, it does conflict because I said "just needs RDP".
I pulled the trigger on a cheapo Dell Refurb. Will do great for this specific scenario. Thanks gentlemen!
@scottalanmiller Yeah, It is interesting to see how organizations are going back to the thin client model where it makes sense.
No one ever left it, really.
Thin clients cost is so high, it's barely worth it unless the security side it that important.
Custom built thin clients are crazy expensive. But using regular computers as thin clients is super cheap.
You can use anything for this. But Raspberry Pis have become very popular for it.
I couldn't imagine someone asking for a simple Windows laptop they are used to using to connect to their Windows computer, but then getting a some kind of Raspberry Pi concoction instead.
I can't imagine letting a staffer who is only using RDP get any say whatsoever in an operating system they won't interact with.
I didn't provide all of the details, because it didn't matter for a recommendation. However, the user does in fact need Windows on both the laptop and the desktop for various reasons. (software used both on the laptop and on the desktop.)
Those acers and the refub dell units are crazy cheap! I've used refurb Dells in the last directly from Dell Outlet and they have been great.