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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 and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.

WordPress, Project NAMI, and Azure

I’ve been running WordPress for years now and find it to be a solid solution for what I want to do. The only negative in my view is the requirement to use mySQL. There’s nothing wrong with mySQL itself, it more than does the job. I can quibble that it… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 16 December 2014

Starbucks Clover

I recently read  Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul  by  Howard Schultz. Not bad reading all in all. Part of it talked about the new Clover machine, the first time I had heard about it, though it’s been around quite a while. I… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 8 December 2014

Deciding On a Presentation Topic for 2015

I’m spending some time this week and the next few weeks thinking about what I want to talk about next year. 2014 was about learning plans and I will continue using that presentation in 2015, but my focus this year is to pick a topic that will work well for… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 4 December 2014

Review: Ghost of My Father

I finished reading Ghost of My Father by Scott Berkun over the holiday weekend. It’s an intense read about the authors relationship with his father and the impact his father had on the entire family through behavior ranging from affairs to indifference to put downs. It’s about the part of… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 2 December 2014

More Notes From The PASSWatch Project And Thoughts on Transparency

It’s been just over two months since I wrote the first post for PASSWatch. I’m trying hard to keep PASSWatch a “pure” source so I’m posting my  notes on it here (and will include the link in the weekly summary of course). I can boil the lessons learned down to… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 2 December 2014


Back in March 2013 I wrote We Need A Place For SQLFamily News after the death of the spouse of a local chapter member. In April 2014 we had a former chapter member die and last week I ran across a post from a speaker I know about recovering from… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 1 December 2014

SQLSaturday Austin

I was pleased to get the email yesterday confirming that I was selected to speak at SQLSaturday #362 on January 31, 2015. I think the last time I was in Austin was 2004 or so when I was at Dell for a week for SAN and cluster training. It was… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 21 November 2014

Thoughts On A State of the Chapter Statement (and Doing More)

This is a follow up to a thought I voiced on Twitter last week – the value of a once a year “state of the chapter” message from each chapter (or at least the Orlando ones!). Before we cover that, some background. I’ve never been terribly happy with how PASS… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 18 November 2014

Thoughts on Speakers and Topics for PASS Chapters

After wrapping up my part of SQLSaturday Orlando this year I’ve been thinking on what if anything we might do to increase attendance at oPASS & MagicPASS. Attendance at both is reasonable right now, this is just me looking and thinking about what we could add to what we have… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 17 November 2014

Thoughts On Raising Funds and Spending Funds for PASS Chapters

Based on limited but practical experience I believe chapters typically work hardest to find speakers and sponsors, the latter being the main (often only) way that funds are raised for the chapter. Sometimes the sponsors give cash, sometimes they just provide the food. Many chapters have close to zero cash… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 13 November 2014

Super Early Bird Registration for the Networking Dinner at the 2015 PASS Summit

Looking for a reason to show up at the 2015 PASS Summit on Monday, or just want something fun to do on Monday night? Steve Jones and I are organizing the sixth annual networking dinner on Monday night, October 26, 2015. It’s a low key event. Show up and we’ll… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 12 November 2014

Thoughts on the 2014 PASS Summit From A Non-Attendee

I missed the Summit this year, but tried to follow along remotely via Twitter, PASSTV, and the blog posts I could find (look for a summary of those on Monday via PASSWatch). As someone who had attended every year since 2002 it was interesting. I know the Seattle Convention… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 7 November 2014

Questions for the Board Q&A

Each year for the past few years the PASS Board of Directors has conducted a Q&A session with members at the PASS Summit. I’ve been on both sides of the fence. I thought it was important to hear and answer questions when I served on the Board, and it’s useful… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 6 November 2014

I Won’t Be At the PASS Summit This Year

Due to a minor health issue I’ve decided to – for once – be conservative and cancel the trip this year. I’ve attended every year since 2002 and it feels strange to not go. I’m sure you’ll understand it’s the people I’ll miss far more than the presentations. My friend… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 31 October 2014

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

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