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Rebranding – A New Name, a New Domain, Same Focus

When I first started this blog, I was an Exchange consultant and MVP. I spent my work days working with clients and deploying Exchange, or migrating from one version to another, or migrating from a different solution, such as Notes or GroupWise, to Exchange. Times were fun and challenging. I picked the name Ehlo World for two reasons. First, “ehlo” is a command that two mail servers send to each other at the beginning of a conversation negotiation. The “world” part came as an homage to “Hello World”. If you’ve written scripts or code, you know that one of the first exercises in learning how to code was to issue a command that would output “Hello world” to the console screen. Since I was noodling with PowerShell, which got its first big push with Exchange server, the “ehlo world” kinda made sense to me.

Flash forward years later, and my coworker, Mark Smith, came to me and said “We’re going to start also doing OCS and Lync consulting. We need a Lync guy. Tag – you’re it.”. I could barely spell OCS or Lync at the time. I had never seen the admin console, let alone deployed it. But I dove in, and it’s been a fabulous ride. As I’ve gone along, I’ve also further honed my PowerShell skills. I’ve written some whopper sized scripts, including several that were more than 6000 lines a piece. When you tie (now) Skype for Business and Exchange and PowerShell and Office 365 together, you get a great Unified Communications platform. UC. While I don’t spend much time dealing with Exchange these days, I still noodle with scripts for it. Mostly those requested by coworkers, clients, and peers. But I’m primarily focused on the Skype for Business side, and the Ehlo World name was a little stale given my focus. So, I’m rebranding to UC Unleashed. UC for the previously mentioned reasons, and the Unleashed for several others. First being that I’ve written scripts, functions, and one liners that (at least try to) think outside of the box. Second, I was honored to be involved in the writing of the Skype for Business Unleashed book.

So there you have it. A new name, but with the existing content. Linked URLs should automatically redirect to the post on the new ucunleashed.com domain soon. A new logo and a new blog theme are in the works. I’m working on some cool stuff (well, *I* think it’s cool), and you’ll see that soon. Until then, feel free to comment on my posts, suggest new scripts and ideas, and more.

Until then…

  1. October 21st, 2016 at 01:40 | #1

    Congrats, thanks, and keep up the great work!

  2. Erkan AKSOY
    October 26th, 2016 at 11:48 | #2

    Hello, I wish you more success on new name of your blog even though the level of ehlol world is already a dream for most people 🙂

    Today I was in an HPE event and in one of slides presenter had a sentence like this : “Name of IT is changing to ICT – Information and Communications Technologies”. And now I am reading your post, you both are making my mind to focus on Skype for Business, more than Exchange.

    Please wish me luck on my journey 🙂

    Btw, I am currently reading Inside Out series for Exchange since mail is more important for our company but my next one will be your book. (Lync first then Skype if there is a Lync version of your book)

  3. Corey McClain
    October 26th, 2016 at 20:54 | #3

    Thanks for sharing some of the non-technical details behind your blog, Pat. It gives us readers some context besides the great scripts that you share.

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