> I think your second thought is a strong one, regardless of the base OS > - it also gives you a pretty strong roll-back strategy for when > upgrades don't work as they should. > > However, unless you really rate their ability to safely and > effectively sysadmin the box, I'd strongly caution against encouraging > them to do so. Better perhaps to have them view it as a black box CTI > appliance. Definitely--if I go with a virtual machine I will discourage him from playing with it. Perhaps I will give him a spare to play with because I know he will find it hard to resist. I know this guy now. :) > This is one such module. And exactly what you'd need. Great. Thanks. >> Overall this seems fairly straightforward. I presume that for a >> complete beginner to Asterisk, however, it could easily take 4 hours >> to setup the machine. :) >> > It is fairly straight forward. But for a beginner I'd allow for a full > day. If you get done sooner then all the better. OK, 1 full day. I posted my ideas on the Asterisk Forums and the responses were, well, a bit odd. One guy said it will take a week and the other guy thought I was posting a joke: http://forums.digium.com/viewtopic.php?p=131654#131654 The two of you (Martin and Jon) clearly appear to have professional experience with this and seem to feel that my plan is entirely reasonable. 8 vs 4 hours to setup is not a problem, but a week or a joke is a different matter. If you (anyone that is) could please clarify just once more than I am being entirely reasonable I would appreciate it. I don't actually see any reason to suggest that I am not, but there is of course a small chance that these Asterisk forum turkeys have a point. Also, now that we come to this, if anyone would be interested to setup a VirtualBox machine for me (for a fee), perhaps that would be more cost effective. If so, let me know offline. Thank you.