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Welcome, The belated beginning…

March 20th, 2012

Welcome!!


Launching this site is not the goal…

This is the beginning of a journey….Dont know where it will reach or if it will ever end…


Above two lines were added as the welcome post the day this web space was ready, so i just prefer to keep it just like as my firt thoughts…

This site called get-exchange.info is my (Sahal Ummer) attempt to share, learn, and to reach my dream of being a blogger. Why to be a blogger, honestly when the thought began it was about making nice articles, with good looking screenshots.  Then it was about being famous, then it was a fascination towards the recognition called MVP, two years later today its a feeling to write, a passion to share however small or big it is, however tough or easy it is i want to jote down my learnings and share with the people out there. It might help someone out there, or it will just satisfy my passion.

I am writing this today March 20th 2012, but the thought of which was started in June 2010.  I was onsite on a project for preparing the design for an Exchange Server 2010 transition from Exchange 2003, conducting discussions with other infrastructure teams, and putting a high level design and a detailed design document in place.  While performing some tests of configurations with a Microsoft PFE, i came across this cmdlet called Test-ActiveSyncConnectivity , and it was failing with the different sytaxes we try, i need to agree that i was quite new to PowerSehll and Cmdlets at that time. So the day eveningi was trying to figure out to solve this minor problem, and i could find out the syntax and how to use it, so there the thought arise to blog about it and the below blog was created the next day:

This initiative, stood still from that day, and was made as private page in Jan 2012, as thats when i did re-think about blogging (rather call it sharing the learning). But by then i was little bit addicted to Windows Powershell and more friendly with Exchange Management Shell and its Cmdlets, Which all started by the initiative to automate mailbox creation for my customer, this initiative was an official commitment so i couldnt retreat. But it led me to be a powershell and automation geek, i would share that story in a later Blog series.

So in Jan 2012, there comes the need to generate a  more relevant web space and the page getexchange.wordpress.com borne:

I did create an about page and a legal page, legal page pretty much collected from the web on how to be not responsible for people doing my lab experience in their production without proper testing :-) but the thought of having a own domain name triggered then, and the name getexchange(dot)com was the choice, but someone really good did register a lot of domain names and it was $4000 for this domain the bidd, hence rework on the naming and arrived at Get-Exchange (dot) info (.info being the cheapest of domains ;-) ) but we dont care the domain right? if the information in it is useful. I choose the INove theme from wordpress which i got attracted on www.ehloworld.com and http://poshoholic.com/, and i could do little customizations on the theme, need to experiment this part later.

All this space of buying domain, hosting space, setting up a web site, and getting into wordpress were new to me. My friend Najeeb from Calicut did help me with domain name buying and ideas on wordpress, due to some technical issues he couldnt get me a hosting space. He is a very supportive person, he does web page design, content management and system admin, he maintains two pages Kadalundi and QatarClassifieds . And here to mention my Thanks to my manager, who helped with his credit card to buy account from FatCow hosting ( you got it right, i dont use a credit card – untill today :-)  )

My inspirations to become part of the community more actively, started from early 2010, when i started attending BITPro UG Meet Sessions, and got attached to powershell sessions from Ravikath. I did meet people like Kalyan (BITPro UG Lead), MS Anand (The Cloud Specialist from Microsoft), Vijay Raj  (The Geek, and Photographer – Energetic Speaker) all of them at these UG Meets. They are all great guys with so much enthusiasm and passion.  I always wondered how could these people manage time for all these.  Another few to name for the inpiration are Vinod Kumar and Pinal Dave (the SQL Gurus with a strong community touch). Pinal’s APostADay is amazing, if someone has to get motivated for blogging from someone, it would be him. Vinod’s thoughts and ways of Evangelism is very interesting, i read most of his posts on such thoughts.

Finally, but not the final – I need to mention my Dad, a great honest and stright forward person, if its the truth and right, he stands for it. He always says to me “Do things on time – Dont waste your time” – and i always start at the end of the deadline rushing to complete – i put this thought now on my everyday, thinking am i delaying something, do i have some tasks to be on priority and its yet there in the To-Do list.

 Short story long, this is the story of this blog and let me get started!

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