Admin Settings

In order to change the settings that affect the whole system, you need to be logged in with administrator privileges.

System Settings

Here you can configure some general system settings.

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  • Expand the menu General under "Settings".
  • From the expanded General menu, click on System.

Explanation of the Settings

General

  • System Name: This field allows the administrator to set a name for the system. The name is used in several places to identify the system. For example, when the system sends out emails with system performance information, the system name will be placed into the subject line of the e-mail.
  • System management DNS address: This is the address under which the system administrator can log in. If set and when using the ACME protocol to issue certificates, the PBX will attempt to generate a X-509 certificate for this address.
  • Default IVR Language: This setting represents the language that is used for voicemail and IVR prompts. Only U.S.-English prompts are included in the installer, but additional languages can be installed.
  • Default Tone Language: This setting allows you to control the ringback and busy tones that a caller hears during voicemail prompts and IVR interaction. The files that influence this setting are ringback.wav and busy.wav. These files are located in the audio_* directory. The * represents a language identifier code.
  • Default Web Language: This setting controls the language used on the web interface. The file that influences this setting is lang.*.xml, where * represents a language identifier code.
  • Time Zone: The Time Zone setting is used to set the local time zone. It influences the time that appears on a user’s mailbox messages, telephone display, and voicemail. The system is capable of dealing with several time zones at once, making it possible for every user to select his or her own time zone.
  • Default country code: The default country code can be set here for the whole system as an admin which will apply to each domain if it's a multi-tenant system. Alternatively, it can also be set on per domain basis inside the domain general settings.
  • ACME Directory URL & DNS provider: 
    • The PBX now supports generating X.509 certificates using the ACME protocol through HTTP and DNS challenges. When using the HTTP challenge, the system must be on a public IP address and it must use port 80. When using the DNS challenge, the DNS must have access to the DNS provider (currently DNSMadeEasy is supported).
    • When adding a domain, the PBX will attempt to create the DNS entry for the new domain and issue a certificate for the domain. A few days before the certificate expires, the PBX will then attempt to reissue the certificate. When a domain gets deleted, the PBX will attempt to delete the DNS entry.
    • It is now also possible to define a DNS name for the system. The PBX will also attempt to generate a certificate for this DNS address, so that the management access to the system can be done through a properly encrypted HTTPS connection.
  • Extension Status URL: This field displays the extension's status for the whole PBX at the URL of your choice, given the receiving server has been configured properly.

Performance

From this section, you can set the performance-related settings.

0x00000001 = 1 = 0001, is CPU0 (first processor)
0x00000003 = 3 = 0011, is CPU0 and CPU1
0x00000004 = 4 = 0100, is CPU2 (3rd processor)
Note: If your license has limitations on the call duration, then lesser of the two will be used.
  • Maximum Number of Calls: This setting defines the number of simultaneously calls allowed by the system. Because every call requires a certain portion of the available CPU, allowing too many calls will affect the quality of all ongoing calls. By limiting the number of calls on the CPU, you can reject calls that would otherwise potentially degrade overall performance. On modern PCs, 100 or more calls can run on one computer; however, on an embedded system, you will probably have much less CPU power and thereby increase the probability of running out of CPU power if you allow that many calls. If this field is left blank, the key in the system will limit the calls, or the CPU limitation, when reached, will limit the calls.
  • Process Affinity Mask: This field allows the administrator to assign a particular CPU to the pbxctrl system process. When using a multiple-core CPU, the operating system has to assign processes to processors. By default, the operating system tries to balance out the load so that the overall system performance is as fast as possible. However, the disadvantage with this approach is that the whole process gets stuck for some time while moving the processes from one CPU to another. If during that time the CPU should play out media, it will come across as stuttering and be perceived as jitter coming from the system. In order to avoid this problem, bind the pbxctrl to one fixed CPU. Depending on the operating system, you can do this manually or you can ask the system processes to do this during startup. Changes to this field require a system restart. The processor affinity is represented as a bitmask, with the lowest order bit corresponding to the first logical CPU and the highest order bit corresponding to the last logical CPU. For example:
  • If this field is left empty, the PBX will default the value to 1, meaning it will bind itself to CPU 0 (or core 0). In a 4-core (4 CPU) processor, if you want the PBX to bind itself to CPU0 and CPU3, then you have to set the value to 9 (binary value 1001 = 9). If you want it on all cores, then set this value to 15 (binary 1111 = 15). I think you get the point now. So, depending on the number of CPUs on the processor and your requirement, you can come up with a proper number to set here.
  • Media CPU usage limit (0-100): This setting was introduced in version 59.0 and above. It is used to set the CPU usage limit allowed to be given to the PBX manually from here. 80-85 should be good for a PBX that has over 5-10 calls per minute (Approximately).
  • Max. size of a configuration backup file: This setting allows you to establish the maximum size, in bytes, of the backup file. The default is 1 MB. If your system has a lot of data to be backed up, increase this value. The backup feature through the web interface is used mostly in the appliances (in embedded systems where the file access is primitive). On other systems, it is advisable to use the OS file manager to do the backup.
  • Max. number of concurrent registrations per extension: This setting controls how many user agents (i.e., phones) can be registered against an extension. This feature is useful if you want to restrict the number of phones that can be registered to an extension. If this field is left blank, the extension will have no limit.
  • Minimum Registration Time (s): In a SIP environment, the registrar determines how long a user agent may be registered. Short registration times have a negative impact on the performance; however, it is critical that user agents stabilize quickly once they’ve lost their connection to the system. This setting defines the lower limit for the registration time. The default is 30 seconds.
  • Maximum Registration Time (s): This setting is used to define the upper limit for the registration time. The default value is 360 seconds.
  • UDP NAT Refresh (s): If the registering user agent is behind NAT, the system uses this setting to control the registration. The system registers agents that use the UDP transport layer only for a short time, so that the user agents will re-register quickly and keep the NAT bindings alive. Typically, the settings for UDP should be from 15 to 45 seconds since most NAT routers close ports after 60 seconds of inactivity. The default is set to 30 seconds.
  • TCP/TLS NAT Refresh (s): This is similar to UDP NAT refresh setting. Since TCP/TLS connections do not need to refresh the bindings as often, a value of a few minutes are okay in most situations. The default is set to 180 seconds (3 minutes).
  • Maximum call duration: This setting establishes an upper limit for the call duration. By default, the setting is 2 hours (7200 seconds), but you can increase it if you lean toward longer phone calls. This setting is crucial for keeping your call list clean, for example, if one mailbox talks to another mailbox or if a call does not drop properly, the system can automatically clean this up.
  • Maximum ring duration (s): This setting determines the length of time the PBX willwait before it disconnects a call.

Domain Admin Permission

These settings allow the administrator to restrict certain functions from the domain admin:

  • Allow domain admin to change trunks: If this setting is disabled, the domain admin will be unable to change the trunks that have been configured for the domain.
  • Allow domain admin to change dial plans: If this setting is disabled, the domain admin will be unable to change the dial plans that have been configured for the domain.
  • Allow domain admin to create or change accounts: If this setting is disabled, the domain admin will be unable to create new accounts or change existing accounts.
  • Allow domain admin to create or change ANI: If this setting is disabled, the domain admin will be unable to create new ANIs or change ANIs.