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How to Auto Provision Polycom IP Phones

Posted on 2008-06-11
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Hi,

I'll be involved in installation of a few polycom ip phones on an Interactive Intelligence platform (www.inin.com) and I want to save myself some time in provisioning these phones.

1. The first thing I want to do is not to have to go to each phone and change from FTP to TFTP. But for that to work, I'd need to have a good FTP server with good realtime activity monitor, like the one shown in the screen shot. Can you recommend a few options?

2. Then, I'd like to find a smart way to generate all the configuration files, without having to copy & paste & edit each one. Any ideas?

Thanks.
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by:Joel_Sisko
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How familiar are you with Linux? I would use a vsftp on a version of say CentOS 5, also setup that server to be the dhcp server and enable option 66 (gives the phone its boot server information). Also setup use webmin for a management interface for the Linux box.

Also just in case if Windows is the only option for you, here is an article using the above dhcp option with a Windows 2003 Server.

http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX115094

Take a look on the net as well for some of the Asterisk projects, they usually have some form of auto provisioning with them as well.

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by:drotkopf
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option 66 helpts by pointing to the ftp server, but that doesn't help in manually creating the 100+ config files, one per phone
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by:Joel_Sisko
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As I said you can look through some of the Asterisk projects that have tools with the ability to create all the config files you need. Or if you are familiar with any scripting languages should take no more than I day to create a small custom script?

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Where do you look through some of the Asterisk projects? Could you provide a couple of links?
(This is not either Asterisk or Linux, BTW)
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by:DrDamnit
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Try this, it's free:

http://www.phoneprovisioning.com.
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