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SQLAndy

I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.

SQLSaturday Tampa Announced For February 28, 2015

SQLSaturday Tampa is the first SQLSaturday in Florida for 2015, scheduled for February 28th, 2015. The event is held at the USF College of Business Bldg, 12212 USF Maple Drive, Tampa, FL 33620. Easy to find, free parking, lots of hotel options near by. The weather at the end of… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 29 October 2014

Writing Fair and Useful Editorial Reviews Is Hard Work

One of my original goals was to be more reporter than editorial writer, but I’ve found that the editorial part is important too, though much harder to do. I’ve spent quite a few hours this week trying to write editorial comments to preface the summaries I’m doing of the minutes… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 23 October 2014

Notes From The October 15, 2014 oPASS & MagicPASS Meeting (The Souza-Thon!)

Both groups met at a special joint meeting last night at Nova University, part of Operation Souza. Before I go into my usual notes, I want to say thank you to Mark Souza for traveling from Redmond for the meeting. He flew overnight to get here and had a 6… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 16 October 2014

Insufficient Space to Create Databases For SCOM 2012 R2

Ran into a minor issue while installing SCOM. The wizard wants to create two databases. The first requires a minimum size of 1000mb and a log of 50% of that – call it 1.5g, and the same for the second one. We made it through the first database config step,… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 16 October 2014

PASS Election Results for 2014

The election results were just posted. Congratulations to James Rowland-Jones, Wendy Pastrick, and Grant Fritchey for earning seats on the PASS Board of Directors for the 2015-2016 term. This will be the second term for both James & Wendy, so both will be building on two years hard won experience… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 15 October 2014

Some Thoughts On Running a Chapter

Last week I spent some time after my presentation to Space Coast SQL talking to Kathleen Branch, the chapter leader, about what works and doesn’t work, and whether she was succeeding or not. We don’t seem to talk about that much publicly. When I was on the PASS Board we… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 14 October 2014

Operation Souza

This Wednesday we’re having a special joint meeting of oPASS and MagicPASS featuring Microsoft GM Mark Souza. For the past couple months we’ve referred to it internally as “Operation Souza” as we discussed how to best support his visit and do the most for our local SQL community. We contacted… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 13 October 2014

Notes From the October 9, 2014 Space Coast SQL Meeting

  • Not a bad drive over from Orlando. Only a little traffic, about 80 minutes.
  • I was early enough to have time to review my presentation and then work on the final marketing notes for SQLSaturday Orlando (good to have a few tasks queued when time appears)
  • I stopped at Starbucks…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 13 October 2014

SQLSaturday Orlando Marketing Plan-Part 49 (Plan Notes)

Introduction

After finishing up six months of managing the marketing for SQLSaturday Orlando I’ve been going back through all my blog posts to outline stuff we (or any other event) can use next year. It’s not a complete project plan, but I hope it gives you some ideas and a… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 10 October 2014

Learning About Journalism

One of my current projects is PASSWatch. Right now it’s mostly aggregation which I think has value, but I hope to do more over time including news and maybe opinions. I get by on writing (and hope to get better at it), but I don’t know much about journalism.… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 8 October 2014

Notes on SQLSaturday Admin Tools

Introduction

One of the items I’ve had on my todo list for a while is to write up notes on the state of the admin tools for SQLSaturday as they pertain to marketing. For those who haven’t managed an event, SQLSaturday is really three different sites; the public facing one… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 8 October 2014

Thoughts on the Student to IT Pro Seminar

Miscellaneous notes as I think on this.

I’ve been reading through feedback from the students. Reading the raw feedback is interesting and informative. I’ll try to recap some of the things I’ve seen so far:

  • Some found it to be interesting and helpful to understand the career journey (in this…

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2 comments, 305 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 6 October 2014

Let’s Create More After Hours Events at the Summit

We’ve got a good handful of events listed for After Hours so far, but couldn’t we have more? A couple thousand attend, a few hundred will be at these events, so there are plenty more opportunities. There’s nothing wrong with exploring Seattle, dinner with new friends, or whatever else, but… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 2 October 2014

Fixing SCOM After a Hardware Upgrade

Quick note in case I need again some day. The team recently moved all the user databases for a monitoring instance to new hardware and it basically went well. Immediately afterward there were a number of error messages in the log about a missing user defined error message. Minus 5… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 2 October 2014

Monday Night Networking Dinner at PASS Summit 2014

For the fifth year Steve Jones and I are organizing the Monday Night Networking Dinner at the PASS Summit. It will be from 6-9 pm on Monday evening. I’m waiting on the “final” confirmation of the location but expect it be within walking distance of the Convention Center. It’s a… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 2 October 2014

Renewed as MVP for 2015

Took a break to check email and saw the confirmation that I was renewed for another year. Pleasant news for a Wednesday morning. Strange to realize this is my 7th time, where did the time go? I’ve certainly changed a lot in those years!

For those who aren’t MVP’s and… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 1 October 2014

PASS Voting Extended Until October 14th

The Board of Directors has extended voting in the current election through October 14th. Read the post from President Thomas Larock about why and what you have to do to be eligible. Then head to Election HQ to review the candidates, ask questions, and read posts and endorsements from other… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 30 September 2014

Speaking at Space Coast SQL Users Group on October 10th, 2014

I’ll be driving to Viera for the monthly Space Coast SQL Users Group meeting next week. Topic still to be decided, probably Learning Plans and something SQL, look for details on the web site today or tomorrow at http://spacecoast.sqlpass.org/.

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Posted in SQLAndy on 30 September 2014

Notes On SQLSaturday Orlando #318

Notes from a speaker/volunteer perspective:

  • It was a lot of fun to talk to the students at our Student to IT Pro Seminar. Interesting to hear their questions, easy to forget what it’s like to be a true beginner. 70 people in the seminar. Win!
  • I had about 20 in…

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2 comments, 154 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 30 September 2014

Notes On Our First Student to IT Pro Seminar

This past week we did our first try at the Student to IT Pro Seminar, run concurrently with SQLSaturday Orlando. You can read why we did it at http://sqlandy.com/2014/09/the-student-to-it-pro-seminar-were-doing-at-sqlsaturday-orlando/. Some notes on the experience:

  • We registered 85, had about 70 attend
  • Mostly students, but we had a few from…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 29 September 2014

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