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How to Get a Free Fully Functional Cloud-Based Unified Communications PBX with Free Trial Hosting on Google Cloud, Amazon or OVH!

Posted in IP PBX - Unified Communications

3cx ip pbx client consoleCrazy as it might sound there is one Unified Communications provider who is giving out free fully functional cloud-based PBX systems without obligation from its users/customers.

3CX, a leader in Unified Communications, has just announced the availability of its new PBX Express online wizard designed to easily deploy a PBX in your own cloud account

3CX’s Advanced Unified Communications features were recently covered in our article The Ultimate Guide to IP PBX and VoIP Systems - The Best Free IP PBXs For Businesses. In the article we examined the common components of a modern Unified Communications platform and how they are all configured to work together enabling free real-time communications and presence for its users no matter where they are in the world.

Now Free Cloud-based services are added to the list and the features are second to none plus they provide completely Free Trial Hosting, Domain Name, associated SSL certificates and much more!

3CX’s intuitive dashboard allows quick & easy administration with zero prior experience!

3CX’s intuitive dashboard allows quick & easy administration with zero prior experience!

Grab your copy of 3CX’s Free Cloud-Based UC PBX System Now!

Here’s what the Free Unified Communications PBX includes:

  • Free fully-functional Unified Communications PBX
  • Up to 8 simultaneous calls
  • Ability to make/receive calls on your SIP phones or mobile devices via IP
  • Full Support for iPhone and Android devices
  • Full support for iPads and Tablet devices
  • Presence Services (See who’s online, availability, status etc.)
  • Instant Messaging
  • Video conferencing
  • Desktop Sharing
  • Zero Maintenance – Everything is taken care of for you!
  • Free Domain Name selection (over 20 countries to select from!)
  • Free Trial Hosting on Google Cloud – Amazon Web Services or OVH!
  • SSL Certificate
  • Fast deployment- no previous experience required
  • Super-easy administration
  • …and much more!

3CX’s Unified Communications PBX system is an advanced, flexible PBX that can be run locally in your office at no cost which is why thousands of companies are switching to 3CX. With the choice of an on-premises solution that supports Windows and Linux operating systems and now the free cloud-based hosting – it has become a one-way solution for companies seeking to move to an advanced Unified Communications system but at the same time seeking to dramatically cut telecommunication costs.

Download Free 3CX On-Premises or get your Free Cloud-Based UC PBX System Now!

3cx ip pbx smartphone iphone clientThanks to its support for any SIP-based IP phone and mobile device (iPhone, Android, iPad, Tablet etc.) the 3CX IP PBX has quickly become the No.1 preferred solution.

3CX’s commitment to its customers and product is outstanding with regular updates covering its main UC PBX product but also mobile device clients - ensuring customers are not left with long outstanding problems or bugs. 3CX recently announced a number of bug fixes and enhancements for the 3CX Client for Android but also the 3CX Client for Mac confirming once again that it’s determined not to leave customers in the dark and continually improve its services and product’s quality.

Read The Ultimate Guide to IP PBX and VoIP Systems - The Best Free IP PBXs For Businesses article for more information on the 3CX UC solution.


Best VPN Review: Private Internet Access (PIA) Features, Pricing, User Experience, Benchmarking & Torrenting

Posted in Best VPN Reviews

Private Internet Access PIA VPN ReviewThe market for Virtual Private Networks has exploded over the past few years. A wealth of new providers has appeared, promising logless browsing, true anonymity, and fast speeds. Through all that noise, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find the Best VPN for your needs.

Thankfully, there are some established brands that stand above the rest. One of these is Private Internet Access (PIA), launched by London Trust Media in 2010. PIA is very popular for P2P downloads, allowing torrents on every server via secondary VPNs.

In addition, PIA keeps no logs and eliminates DNS leaks, IPv6 leaks, web tracking and malware. It boasts over 3200 servers across 24 countries, as well as a free SOCKS5 proxy.

PIA’s VPN Gateways provide thousands of servers across the globe

PIA’s VPN Gateways provide thousands of servers across the globe

It’s a fast VPN and quite wide-reaching. All of this comes at a price of only $3.33 (US) a month, though there are a few caveats.

PIA VPN represents an amazing value for money

At only $3.33/month US, PIA represents an amazing value for money

Primarily, there is a slightly limited ability to bypass region blocks. PIA might require logging into a few VPN servers to find one that successfully unblocks Netflix or Hulu, but does work without a problem with BBC and other geo-restricted content. Additionally, its popularity means users are more likely to be incorrectly blacklisted from sites.

While the desktop VPN client seems fairly simple, the iOS and Android clients are have a more pleasing look and interface. Despite the simplified desktop interface PIA still remains one of the Best VPNs around offering great value for money.

Quick overview of VPN features offered by Private Internet Access

Quick overview of VPN features offered by Private Internet Access

PIA VPN Client Installation

Although it may not be the most beautiful VPN client out there, the sign-up and install process for PIA is simple, and the website is nice enough to make the signup and client installation an easy-to-follow process even for novice users. Registration requires only a couple of clicks and an email address. PIA takes care of the password for you, sending your user and login details via those details. You’re also given a link to the client installer for each platform, guides, and a dedicated new user support thread. It’s all fairly fool-proof.

3CX Unified Communication Leading Free IP PBX Brings Linux Edition On-Par with Windows Edition

Posted in IP PBX - Unified Communications

3CX Free IP PBX Unified Communications Solution3CX, developer of the software-based unified communications solution, has announced the release of 3CX V15 Service Pack 5 which brings the final Linux version of the PBX. The update achieves complete feature parity with the popular Windows version of the software. The company also reports that SP5 has added further automation of admin management tasks and made hosting of the system in the cloud easier with leading cloud providers.

If you’re looking for a free Unified Communications solution compatible with mobile phones and any SIP IP phone while at the same time provides advanced collaboration features then look no further. Download and run the free 3CX UC system now. Available for both Windows and Linux operating systems.

3CX Unified Communication Suite and Capabilities

Read our Ultimate Guide to IP PBX - Unified Communications - The Best Free IP PBXs for Today's Businesses

Improvements to Auto Updates / Backups

  • Automatic uploading of backups to a Google Drive Account.
  • Automatic restoration of backups to another instance with failover.
  • Easier configuration of failover.
  • Automatic installation of OS security updates for Debian.
  • Automatic installation of 3CX tested product updates.
  • Automatic downloads of tested phone firmwares and alerts for outdated firmware.
  • A Labs feature to test upcoming updates released for BETA.
  • Digital receptionists can be configured as a wake-up call service extension.
  • GMail or Office 365 accounts can be more easily configured for notification emails from the PBX.
  • Improved DID source identification.
  • Windows and Mac clients are now bundled with the main install.
  • Automatic push of chat messages to the iOS and Android smartphone clients.

Additional Improvements

Further Documentation & Download Links

The Ultimate TOR vs VPN Guide – How TOR/VPN Works, Comparing Security, Speeds, Advantages and Disadvantages

Posted in VPN Guides & Articles

Tor vs VPN GuideBack then, the Internet was so very young. Those were the times of Windows Maze Screensaver, of the classy Minesweeper, of grey-white MS Paint, and of silvery floppy disks. Gone are those days. Now, after completing its silver jubilee, the Internet has grown to be almost a multiverse of information, every micro-second its network mushrooms like anything. But even maturity comes with its own struggle. This enhanced version of the Internet carries its own privacy concerns.

But not to worry, there are plenty of technologies and software developed to preserve your Internet privacy. TOR and VPN are the popular ones. So, here we explore and share which of the two comes out to be a better way to achieve a superior level of privacy on the Internet.

Before diving deep into the topic, let’s see what’s covered:

What is Internet Privacy?

What if, at all times, someone is keeping an undersea eye on what you browse over Google, always peering into the messages as you chat with other people? Wouldn’t that make you uneasy? This is Internet privacy. That is, whatever information you share, or browsing you do over the Internet, keeps itself only to you, until you want it public.

We continually hear about governments and ISPs spying on users and even other countries, which shows how unsafe the internet is. Thankfully, user awareness on internet privacy is continually improving as more and more users seek out bullet-proof methods to encrypt their communications and protect their online privacy.

How TOR Works

How ToR WorksTOR or The Onion Router is a free, open source software that comes under the development and maintenance of The Tor Project, a non-profit organisation funded by the US Government. TOR enables users to preserve their anonymity over Internet communications.

To download, simply go to www.TORproject.org. There’s two bundles available for downloading, one is Vidalia, which requires a web browser pre-installed on your system. However, the other one, the TOR Browser Bundle, is preferred as it puts TOR directly into your system without you having to fulfil any prerequisites or additional installations.

You can download the necessary files for your operating system by visiting: https://www.torproject.org/download/download.html.en

TOR - Onion Routing

TOR employs Onion Routing, a technology developed in the late nineties by a scientist named Syverson. It works at the TCP Layer of the network, using a multiple hop pathway. Whenever a user sends data across the network, TOR creates a relay of nodes (or hops) that decrypts the data, one layer at a time. This is where the TOR vs VPN battle actually takes off.

The relay of nodes is randomly selected proxy servers from the TOR users’ network. When the data travels from a user to the first node, it decrypts the IP address of the second node. Similarly, when it reaches the second node, it decrypts the IP address of the third node and so on till it reaches the last node. At each node only information about the next node is decrypted, thus maintaining the anonymity of the user over the entire network. When the data packet reaches the exit node, the node there finally decrypts the IP address of the destination server/node.

The following diagram provides an accurate representation of the Onion Routing method described. Like the layers of an onion, each message (the core of the onion) is covered with layers of encryption. Each layer is removed as it is received by a TOR Node (Router) and then forwarded to the next TOR Node (Router):

 How ToR Works- Onion Routing VPN

Figure 1. TOR Onion Routing method. Each layer is removed by each node to reveal the message

The diagram below is another example which shows how data is exchanged within the TOR network to guarantee privacy and make it almost impossible to track where data packets originate from or the final destination:

How data is exchanged in a ToR VPN Network 

How TOR works – Data exchange between TOR nodes and normal non-TOR servers

Note that TOR nodes/users are also able to access normal (non-TOR) websites and hosts in a similar manner.

An example to further clarify the concept: let’s say you want to send a picture to your friend over the internet, without disclosing your location/IP address.

Guide to Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V Hypervisor: New Virtualization Features, Limitations, Backup, Checkpoints, Storage, Networking and more

Posted in Windows Server 2016

Guide to Hyper-V Windows server 2016One of Windows Server 2016 highlights is the newer Hyper-V server that not only extends the hypervisor’s features and capabilities but also introduces a number of new enhancements and concepts that take virtualization to a new level.

There’s a lot of new exciting features we are covering so without any further delay, let’s take a look at what we have in hand for you:

Users new to Hyper-V can also read our Introduction to Hyper-V Concepts article

Hyper-V Hypervisor Technology Overview

Hyper-V was first released in 2008 as a re-brand of Microsoft’s Virtual PC. It lets users create a virtual machine (VM), a complete, software version of a computer. Users don’t have to install an OS through the normal route, and instead run a program on top of their current one.

This is made possible by a hypervisor – a layer between the physical and virtual environments that can manage the system’s hardware between VMs. It isolates the host machine from its underlying hardware.

This opens some natural benefits. Firstly, a virtual machine is in a separate environment to the host computer. As a result, any problems that occur do not affect the regular operating system. This makes virtual machines ideal testing environments.

This is furthered by the ability to run multiple operating systems at once. Most modern computers have more hardware than needed for day to day tasks, and users can run, for example, a Windows, Windows Server, and Linux operating system simultaneously. Instead of requiring three different servers, only one is required. This cuts down on hardware, power, maintenance, and cooling costs.

It also allows for more flexible deployment. At a hefty fee, admins can purchase a Windows Datacenter license and create infinite virtual machines without having to pay any extra. In testing or production environments, this cuts out vital slowdown while employees check licenses. With virtualization, new servers can be deployed in minutes.

Another flexibility is hardware resources. Users can configure Hyper-V to utilize different amounts of resources, including the processor, storage, and memory. This is particularly useful if an organization uses a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). A Windows operating system is hosted on a central server, and users are given virtual desktops over the network. Not only does this save on licensing costs, it means admins can scale the amount of resources users have depending on various factors.

Hyper-V also lets admins make easy backups. It’s simple to copy a VM and restore it later if anything goes wrong. With Hyper-V, there are two options – saved states, and Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS). VSS lets admins make backups even when files are in use, meaning the process can be completed on demand.

This ease of movement can be useful in other scenarios. Built-in features like live and storage migration make virtual machines much more portable. Users can access the exact same environment on a different machine, without the need for complex procedures. That combines with security features like Secure Boot to protect the host OS from viruses, malware, and attacks.

Hyper-V Backup

Hyper-V in Windows Server 2016

One of the most popular hosts for a virtual machine is Microsoft’s Windows Server OS. For the past few years, admins have been running Windows Server 2012 R2, a Windows 8.1-based platform. However, the release of Windows 10 has prompted a Windows Server 2016 variant, and it comes with plenty of new functionality.

A big example is the introduction of Microsoft’s Nano Server. A purpose-built OS, Nano Server is a lightweight version of Windows Server Core that’s designed to run born-in-the-cloud applications and containers. It’s complementary to Windows Server 2016, has no GUI, and is optimized for Hyper-V. The service provides an environment with a low overhead and fewer avenues of attack.

Windows Server 2016 also introduces nested virtualization. Essentially, this lets you run a VM inside another VM. Though it’s a strange concept, the usage scenarios are more common than you may think. Many companies now use the virtual infrastructure we mentioned earlier, and this means those systems can still use Hyper-V. It also makes for a good test environment, letting trainees try out different Oss and situations without the need for separate hardware.

Other big improvements come to the Hyper-V manager. An updated WS-MAN management protocol lets admins do a live migration without having to enable extra settings in Azure Active Directory. This also enables CredSSP, Kerbos or NTLM authentication, and makes it easy to enable a host for remote management.

This is furthered by support for alternate credentials when connecting to another Windows 10 or 2016 remote host. This includes a save functionality so that you don’t have to type it every time. Though earlier versions don’t support this functionality, you can still use the Hyper-V manager in Windows Server 2016 to control earlier versions. The new manager supports Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2, Windows 8, and 8.1.

The next major change is PowerShell Direct. The process runs between the host and virtual machine, meaning there’s less need to configure firewalls and networks. It lets users remotely run cmdlets in multiple VMs without complex setup. PowerShell functionality extends to NanoServers, where it can run directly.

Hyper-V Containers


Cisco Routers

  • SSL WebVPN
  • Securing Routers
  • Policy Based Routing
  • Router on-a-Stick

VPN Security

  • Understand DMVPN
  • GRE/IPSec Configuration
  • Site-to-Site IPSec VPN
  • IPSec Modes

Cisco Help

  • VPN Client Windows 8
  • VPN Client Windows 7
  • CCP Display Problem
  • Cisco Support App.

Windows 2012

  • New Features
  • Licensing
  • Hyper-V / VDI
  • Install Hyper-V


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  • Webmin
  • Groups - Users
  • Samba Setup