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Faxing with Asterisk PBX

In any organization, using the latest and most advanced technologies have become a must now. And when talking about the latest technology, no organization would want to miss on the older but effective technologies such as Fax. Fax for Asterisk gives Asterisk PBX — that supports a wide range of TDM protocols for the handling and transmission of voice over traditional telephony interfaces, and VoIP packet protocols such as IAX, SIP and H.323—the ability to send and receive fax over both telephone and VoIP connections.

Using Fax for Asterisk, you can send faxes from your desktop using your standard email client without any need to install any software on your desktop. It endows you with the ability to send and receive faxes to and from TDM and IP channels. It includes analog and VoIP fax capabilities to Asterisk VOIP PBX and develops fax-on-demand, fax-broadcast, desktop fax and fax gateway applications and services. Fax for Asterisk (more…)

SharePoint Logging Database

SharePoint Server 2010, without doubt, is a bunch of exciting features and options, some of which were not available in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007. And one of the features that really enthuses me in SharePoint 2010 is the Logging Database feature. Logging Database, named as WSS_Logging, helps aggregate logging data or information from the server farm into one central location. SharePoint aggregates all of the raw logging data accumulated in the text files under the 14 hive and imports it into this wonderful logging database. This is the only database in SharePoint that Microsoft will be happy to let the developers directly read, query and build reports against it. For someone who spends time in front of customers helping them to maintain a healthy and stable farm, logging database will be a constructive app in SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint Foundation.

The logging database by default contains the following information from all servers within the farm and it is fully supported to query this database directly.
• ULS Logs
• Event Logs
• Selected Performance Monitor Counters:
o % Processor Time
o Memory Available Megabytes
o Avg. Disk Queue Length
o Process Private Bytes (OWSTIMER and all instances of w3wp)
• Blocking SQL Queries
• SQL DMV Queries
• Feature Usage
• A host of information on search crawling and querying
• Inventory of all site collections
• Timer job usage

The Logging Database in SharePoint Server is one of the many new concepts that will make the life of many SharePoint administrators quite a bit more enjoyable. So catch up on this soon! There is a lot of juice in the SharePoint family of products including Server 2010, SharePoint Foundation, SharePoint Server 2007, and associated free SharePoint templates!