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How to Install FreePBX on Cloud VPS

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You can install an impressive number of software applications onto your Hostwinds Cloud VPS with the click of a button.  If you or your business require their own telephony service, why not look into getting FreePBX on our Cloud servers?

What is FreePBX?

FreePBX is a software designed to help easily manage Asterisk, a voice over IP (VoIP) and telephone server. This allows you to use the server to manage phone calls for your or your business, including creating and managing users, calling queues, voice mail, faxes, and multiple languages.

This guide will explain how to both create a new server with FreePBX, as well as how to reinstall a pre-existing server to have FreePBX using the Hostwinds Cloud Portal.

Creating a New FreePBX Server

Just follow these steps to create a new FreePBX VPS:

Step 1: Log into your Client Area at https://clients.hostwinds.com

Step 2: Select Cloud Control and then click on Cloud Portal

Cloud Control Cloud Portal Location Image

Step 3: Click on the Create button and select Servers from the drop down menu


Step 4: Under Select Server Image, click on the Applications menu item

Applications Options

Step 5: Click on FreePBX option from the list of available applications

The FreePBX template in the cloud portal

Step 6: Select your server resources, location, and billing cycle, and select Create Server at the very bottom

Your server will not be activated until the pending invoice has been completed.

Please allow up to 15 minutes for the application to complete initial installation.

Step 7: Go to your FreePBX server URL at http://YOUR-SERVER-IP-ADDRESS/

The setup page for FreePBX after install

Step 8: You will be prompted to create your admin user and password.  Make sure to use a password you can remember!

]If you ever need your login information, you can SSH into your server and run the command cat /root/details.txt 

Reinstall FreePBX On a Pre-Existing VPS / Cloud Server

The following steps will let you reinstall your current VPS with FreePBX installed.

Please note that this will erase and destroy and data on the server to reinstall it. We highly suggest that you take a snapshot backup if you need to restore your server from a backup prior to proceeding with this guide.

Step 1: Log into your Client Area at https://clients.hostwinds.com

Step 2: Select Cloud Control and then click on Cloud Portal

Cloud Control Cloud Portal Location Image

Step 3: Click on the Server you wish to reinstall

Selecting server

Step 4: Click on the Actions button, and then select Reinstall from the drop down menu

Instance Reinstall Location Image

Step 5: Under Select Server Image, click on the Applications tab.

Applications Options

Step 6: Click on FreePBX icon from the list of applications

The FreePBX template in the cloud portal

Please allow up to 15 minutes for the application to complete the initial installation.

Step 8: Go to your FreePBX server URL at http://YOUR-SERVER-IP-ADDRESS/

The setup page for FreePBX after install

Step 9: You will be prompted to create your admin user and password.  Make sure to use a password you can remember!

If you ever need your login information, you can SSH into your server and run the command cat /root/details.txt 

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