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In this session, I will show you how to setup the Openfire real-time collaboration server from Ignite Realtime. This free, open source application is a great way for organizations to leverage chat capabilities.

Also, we’re going to configure the Asterisk-IM plugin to interface with our Asterisk PBX. This plugin can be configured to display Caller ID information, and view the phone status of other users.

We’ll be using Spark as the chat client, also from Ignite Realtime.

Installing Openfire on Fedora is simple:

rpm -ivh openfire-3-5-2-1.i386.rpm

When the transaction has completed and Openfire has started, access http://hostname:9090 to finish the remaining portion of the setup process.

In this demo, I used a domain name for the system that would be considered inadequate in most cases. It is always best to use the FQDN (fully qualified domain name) of your system. Also, don’t forget to allow client traffic through your firewall (TCP 5222-5223), with each client as well. Did you run into configuration issues or problems? How did this install go for you?

About Benjamin Perove

Ben has been associated with a broad spectrum of technologies starting from an early age, and he's contributed to the success of many businesses and enterprises professionally since 2001. Most of his time is spent building cool stuff. When he's not working, he enjoys reading, playing acoustic guitar, and being with friends. He currently resides in Medellin, Colombia.