Where I work right now, they use a Nortel phone system. For voicemail, they use CallPilot. The CallPilot system happens to be on the network, which is rather intriguing. For the department I am in, we use an Asterisk phone system that talks to the Nortel. I’ve always wondered however if there was an phone directory of the extensions. I was told no. So I did some digging. I happened across and LDAP server running on the CallPilot system. After some hacking, I discovered that the LDAP system had all the names in it (outdated of course). Two caveats though: it is only the extensions which have voicemail and it is using LDAP 2.0.
A few months back, I had found a solution called AutoIT. I downloaded and installed it, and attempting to write a quick little program. At the time however, I really didn’t want to have to learn another scripting language as I had already started getting heavily into VBScript. Just a week or so ago, I realized it was wrong of me to just throw it to the side. AutoIT and it’s scripting language is an amazing language, and is basically a BASIC language. It is incredibly easy to use, and very powerful. There are so many commands that are already built in, and on top of all that, you can compile it into a standard EXE file that doesn’t require any libraries. If you wanted to go crazy, you could even create a GUI. I’d like to say that I wish I had found this product years ago. I could have created a lot of powerful tools. If you are looking to script common actions, networked or not, try out AutoIT. Keep an eye here, as I will be posting some of my AU3 scripts here.