View a list of Windows services and their status and export to a text file

If you need to get a quick list of running services on your computer or another computer on your network, you can use a number of methods to quickly generate this. You can even generate a text file so you can print the list if required. These methods work with Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008.

Sysinternals BGInfo - automatic startup

BGInfo is a great utility to display machine information in the Desktop Background.  Having the information displayed for the systems that you’re working with, makes it very easy to see some of the basic information about the machine and lets you know quickly which servers or VM you connected to. This utility comes from the Sysinternals suite and is available for download at Microsoft Technet Sysinternals.

Free, Simple and Fast backup of VMWare ESXi 5.x Virtual Servers

The free version of VMware ESXi still lacks a decent way of backing up virtual machines. You need to purchase a license for that feature. There's a simple new tool available that will allow you to perform backups of multiple live vm's and more.

Stop All Exchange Server 2003 Services on a Server

There are several services involved with Exchange Server. Stopping different services will accomplish different things. The services are interdependent, so when you stop or start various services you may see a message about having to stop dependent services. If you do stop dependent services, don’t forget to restart them again when you restart the service you began with.

Asterisk / FreePBX Features

FreePBX, the opensource GUI (graphical user interface) that controls and manages the Asterisk telephony server offers a rich and flexible feature set. It offers both classical PBX functionality and advanced features, and interoperates with traditional standards-based telephony systems and Voice over IP (VoIP) systems. FreePBX includes many features available in proprietary PBX systems.

Setup a SIP trunk using FreePBX

Asterisk configuration is often confusing and frustrating. The FreePBX GUI simplifies the many tedious configuration tasks in Asterisk. The following guide will walk through the steps to set up a SIP trunk using FreePBX.

FreePBX Voicemail and Recordings Auth Password

When trying to access the Voicemail & Recordings you will keep getting the Security Login & Password before you can get the extension number login & password. The folks at PBX in a Flash  (PIAF) have imposed .htaccess controls on this directory so only users with valid Apache credentials can access that folder.

Reinstall Asterisk & FreePBX

For Asterisk:
yum reinstall asterisk* -y

For FreePBX:
yum reinstall freepbx* -y

During FeeePBX reinstall if you receive a DB error in the log:
"[FATAL] PEAR must be installed (requires DB.php). Include path: .:/usr/share/pear:/usr/share/php"

fix is simple:
pear install DB

and then
yum reinstall freepbx* -y

Common Linux Commands

The following list describes some of the most useful and popular Linux commands. This is not a comprehensive list by any means, but this should give you a quick reference to some of the common Linux commands. Bookmark this article for your future reference.
Consult the man page for each command to learn about additional arguments and details of operation.