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Installing FOP2 on a separate server
Posted by: Nicolás Gudiño Posted on: Jun-22nd, 2015 19:36

Installing FOP2 on a separate server

FOP2 is a networked application. As such it can be installed on the same server where Asterisk resides, or it can be installed on a standalone/separate server also. This guide will use as an example the following IP addresses:

Asterisk Server:
FOP2 Server:

When installing on a remote server, there are some complications/gotchas to take into consideration, please read them before embarking into this journey:

Voicemail Explorer: If you use voicemail explorer in a default file based configuration, then it won't work as voicemail files will be stored on the Asterisk server hard drive, and not the local drive where FOP2 is installed. The solution is to mount /var/spool/asterisk/voicemail via NFS or similar, or better yet, use odbc for voicemail storage in Asterisk and configure it appropriately using unixODBC and specifying the correct voicemail_path directive in /usr/local/fop2/fop2.cfg

Recordings: The same as voicemail, if you use the recordings interface, then you won't be able to access recordings (listen/download) as they will be remote to the FOP2 server itself. Again, this can be fixed if you mount the appropriate directories via NFS or similar.


FOP2 requires a Linux server with Apache / PHP and MySQL installed (commonly known as LAMP). We recommend to use a CentOS based operating system. Version 6.x works pretty well. Version 7 also works but you might need to install some packages that might not be installed by default, like net-tools ( yum install net-tools )


Proceed with the installation as described in the online documentation: just download the correct .tar.gz file, extract it, change to the extraction directory and run "make"

Configuration on the Asterisk Server

Once installed, you will need to perform some configuration on the Asterisk server itself. First of all, you need to create a user in /etc/asterisk/manager_custom.conf (or manager.conf on vanilla asterisk installs) and be sure to permit access from the FOP2 server IP address. As the FOP2 server IP address in this example guide is, then a user should look like this:

secret = fop222
deny =
permit =
permit =
read = all
write = all
writetimeout = 1000
eventfilter=!Event: RTCP*
eventfilter=!Event: VarSet
eventfilter=!Event: Cdr
eventfilter=!Event: DTMF
eventfilter=!Event: AGIExec
eventfilter=!Event: ExtensionStatus
eventfilter=!Event: ChannelUpdate
eventfilter=!Event: ChallengeSent
eventfilter=!Event: SuccessfulAuth
Once the user is created, reload the Asterisk manager for the new configuration to take effect:

asterisk -rx "manager reload"

You must also be sure that there are no firewall rules blocking access to port tcp/5038. If you have them, then you must add an exception or an allow rule in order to permit access to tcp/5038 from the IP address of the FOP2 server.

After taking care of the Asterisk Manager part you must work on allowing remote access to MySQL for auto configuration (and the FOP2 Manager) to work. In order to do so, you just need to create a special user and grant access, with a command similar to this (you will need to specify the correct IP address of your FOP2 server, you must also know your MySQL root password):

mysql -u root -p -e "GRANT all ON asterisk.* TO fop2@ identified by 'fop2remotepassword'"
Once that access is granted, you are done configuring on the Asterisk server and now can focus on the FOP2 server configs.

Configuration on the FOP2 Server

Once FOP2 is installed, you need to configure a few bits in order to connect to the remote Asterisk server to gather config and status. First of all, edit the /usr/local/fop2/fop2.cfg file and point the manager_host to the Asterisk IP address, and set the correct manager_user and manager_secret. In this example, the Asterisk server is in so fop2.cfg should look like this:

Once that is set, you can test if the connection performs correctly with the command:

/usr/local/fop2/fop2_server --test

The above command should return that the connection to manager is OK, if you get an Auth Error, please review all the configurations mentioned already, and be sure you made no mistakes or typos on configuration files.

Now you need to configure the FOP2 Manager to point to the remote database. For doing so, edit the file /var/www/html/fop2/admin/config.php and set it correctly. Please remember that in this example, the asterisk server IP is, also we use the DBUSER and DBPASS as assigned on the GRANT command we performed on the Asterisk server MySQL database on the previous steps:


Apart from basic MySQL credentials, you might want to specify the configuration engine you have in your Asterisk backend. If you use FreePBX, the engine to use is 'freepbx'. If you use MiRTA, then it is 'mirtapbx'. So, on the same config.php file uncomment the $ENGINE line and set it correctly:

Once that is set, you can see if configuration is being populated by login into the FOP2 Manager with your browser ( ) or by running the following script:

php /var/www/html/fop2/admin/update_conf.php
If everything goes correctly, then you should be done by now.

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