Migration from 1.2 to 1.8 in production

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Hello Everyone,

We are running asterisk 1.2.x version in production environment since last 5 year and we have no issue at all, But now time to upgrade. and i heard about 1.8 which has introduce many features. I am wondering should I use asterisk 1.8 in production ? or should I go with 1.4 or 1.6 stable version?

I would like if you suggest me which version would be good for production since asterisk 1.8 still in beta process.

Thanks,
S. Patel

9 thoughts on - Migration from 1.2 to 1.8 in production

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    [mailto:asterisk-users-bounces@lists.digium.com] On Behalf Of satish patel
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    Hello Everyone,

    We are running asterisk 1.2.x version in production environment since last 5
    year and we have no issue at all, But now time to upgrade. and i heard about
    1.8 which has introduce many features. I am wondering should I use asterisk
    1.8 in production ? or should I go with 1.4 or 1.6 stable version?

    I would like if you suggest me which version would be good for production
    since asterisk 1.8 still in beta process.

    Thanks,
    S. Patel

    1.8 will introduce many features and is the “supported standard”, which will
    be important to you since you are on a “5 year upgrade” plan. It also has
    more “opportunities” than the 1.4 version since it is under active
    development and 1.4 is in a “patch only” state. If immediate stability is
    your goal, you may want to stick with 1.4. If I were going to bite the
    bullet on 1.6, I’d jump straight to 1.8 since there is no “end-of-life”
    advantage.

  • Am 03.11.10 15:14, schrieb satish patel:

    Hello Patel,

    it hardly depends on how many users and concurrent calls you have in
    your system cause i have recognized 1.2 can handle much more peers than
    1.6 or 1.8.

    maybe you should try to setup a test server and first try it with your
    setup and some load tests if everything is working as you expect.

    best regards

    stefan

  • Thanks for reply,

    I believe we have around 300 SIP phone register on asterisk and we have 2 T1 line. Roughly i would say max concurrent number 20/30 Max.

    My only concern is stability after whatever version migration. I believe 1.8 is new and it’s just coming out form egg so quite worry about stability. So I have two choice 1.4 and 1.6 stable version.

    is there anyone who is using 1.8 in production? I am quite impressed with 1.8 features though

    Thanks,
    S. Patel

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  • I have used 1.4 & 1.6. I am testing 1.8 for production and it is looking
    very good. I am making some changes to accommodate some minor dialplan
    changes from 1.6. Our 1.4 is very solid 1.6 has some issues with DTMF
    issues when used with Sonus on the back end. 1.8 is looking very good and
    we hope to go production before the end of the year.

    If you have to change righ now are you using custom dialplan code? If you
    are I would roll the dice and go for 1.8 this will give you the longest
    life span. If not there is no real big hit for stepping from 1.4 to 1.8.
    The other issue is if you want really detailed logging for call records the
    CEL method in 1.8 is the way to go. You will need to be able to boil the
    data down but it is there. I have seen a few kinks in the current version
    but it looks like they will be worked out with some incremental updates.

    Our hope is to be fully 1.8 on all of our backbone production units by the
    end of Jan 2011 with our first unit by December 2010.
    I would shy away of 1.6.x based on our experience. Our 1.6.x boxes will
    move before our 1.4.x boxes.

    Thanks
    Bryant

  • If 1.2 is working fine without any problem then why do you need to upgrade
    to any newer version? I would suggest don’t do it. If you really want to do
    it just for the sake of doing it, upgrade to 1.4 only, which is the most
    stable and well tested version of asterisk. Upgrading always causes hickups
    in the new system, and effects quality of service to the customers. As they
    say, if its not broken, don’t fix it.

    Zeeshan A Zakaria

  • Thanks a lots Bryant,

    I would test 1.8 and see if it work out, Definitely 1.8 going to be rock sooner or later, Let’s try 1.8

    Currently we are facing some issue with echo in conference call with 1.2 version hopefully it will go away with 1.8

    Thanks,
    S. Patel

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    I have used 1.4 & 1.6. I am testing 1.8 for production and it is looking very good. I am making some changes to accommodate some minor dialplan changes from 1.6. Our 1.4 is very solid 1.6 has some issues with DTMF issues when used with Sonus on the back end. 1.8 is looking very good and we hope to go production before the end of the year.

    If you have to change righ now are you using custom dialplan code? If you are I would roll the dice and go for 1.8 this will give you the longest life span. If not there is no real big hit for stepping from 1.4 to 1.8. The other issue is if you want really detailed logging for call records the CEL method in 1.8 is the way to go. You will need to be able to boil the data down but it is there. I have seen a few kinks in the current version but it looks like they will be worked out with some incremental updates.

    Our hope is to be fully 1.8 on all of our backbone production units by the end of Jan 2011 with our first unit by December 2010.

    I would shy away of 1.6.x based on our experience. Our 1.6.x boxes will move before our 1.4.x boxes.

    Thanks

    Bryant

    Sent: Wednesday, November 03, 2010 11:26 AM

    This is not the case. Both 1.8 and 1.4 are in the same state right now.

    The only difference in support level is that 1.4’s EOL is much sooner than

    the EOL for 1.8. 1.6.2 will EOL at approximately the same time as 1.4.

    See https://wiki.asterisk.org/wiki/display/AST/Asterisk+Versions for the

    most up-to-date schedule.

  • El 03/11/10 10:44, Bryant Zimmerman escribió:
    Hi Bryant,

    Thanks for sharing your experience, it encourages us to try and test 1.8
    throughly before we upgrade our 1.4 boxes, jumping the 1.6 step in the
    upgrade path. We are also concerned about the short support time that is
    left for 1.4 and 1.6, so 1.8 would be the best in support terms. This
    goes in concordance for what I think the asterisk team wants, that is,
    to focus on only one well supported version instead of having to support
    several parallel branches which mean more work and “cross-fixing”
    between them.

    Cheers,