Tag Archives: web

xinetd as a poor man’s web server for issuing redirects

Set up a profile in /etc/xinetd.d called http:

# default: off
# description: Poor man’s http server that simply issues redirects.
service http
        flags           = REUSE
        socket_type     = stream
        wait            = no
        user            = root
        server          = /bin/echo
        server_args     = -e HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently\r\nLocation: https://somewhere:8443\r\n
        disable         = no


(Re-)Start xinetd and now you have a simple redirect server – no httpd or other web server required.

What may drive opening the Unity Connection web interface

At this week’s meeting of the PSU VoIP tech folks, we had a short review of the Unity Connection upgrade from a couple weeks ago and discussed getting to the next version, 8.x, where we will have the ability (though not the scripting and configuration, yet) to open the web interface to end users.

I think the primary feature of interest to end users on the web interface will be the visual voicemail, called Unity Connection Inbox. But what may drive getting the web interface up and running, at first, will be the ability for end users to change their own PIN.

Very roughly speaking, from some stats I received a few weeks ago, our NOC gets about 1,000 voicemail PIN resets a year. They account for 18% of all voice-related tickets and 11,000 minutes of staff time.

With the web interface, voicemail users could log in with other credentials they know and use daily–their single sign-on access accounts–and reset their voicemail PIN. The concept is simple but the implementation, at least in our environment, may not be.