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

PayPal for Non Profits

Part of having 501c(3) status is figuring out where and how it might make a difference. Applying for non profit status with PayPal is one of the experiments. It took about 5 minute to apply; needed the tax id, a copy of the letter from the IRS, and a bank… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 11 December 2018

PASS, Meetup, and Sponsors

I’ve always been in favor of trying to use the PASS tools and web site as much as possible, but it’s hard to argue again the discoverability of Meetup. Certainly we get people joining the list via PASS, but we seem to get more new people that actually attend via… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 7 December 2018

Notes from the December 2018 SQLOrlando Meetup


  • 19 attendees out of 44 registered
  • SQLGrease sponsored
  • Solid hour of networking before the meeting started, managed to get everyone talking to someone
  • 2 presentations, one on performance tuning by Franklin Yamamoto, one on DBATools.IO by William Durkin delivered remotely at 2am his time (incredible on a lot of…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 6 December 2018


On Monday I wrote about journaling and while any pen will do, I think having a pen dedicated (as it always with) the journal decreases the friction – nothing worse than going to write and can’t find the pen!

I like a decent pen, something better than a stick pen… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 6 December 2018

How Much Volunteer Time Per Year is a Good Goal?

Yesterday I posted about journaling with my goal being to track the time I spend on SQLOrlando (I’ll exclude time I spend at other events to keep it focused). That leads to the question of “how much time is enough” and also to asking “how much time is too much?”. Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 5 December 2018


Most of the work I’ve done for the past couple years doesn’t require taking much in the way of notes. One tab in Notepad++ for misc ideas and reminders (auto save is nice), then put the stuff that needs to be tracked into Trello and it’s good enough, though you… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 4 December 2018

Thinking about Pre-Cons In Orlando in 2019

In the spirit of “do more” we’re hoping to host at least 4 pre-cons in Orlando in 2019. Right now we’re looking for ideas for the first one to be held sometime in March 2019. If you’re interested, here’s how we do it:

  • We have a meeting space that seats…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 27 November 2018

Managing the Money for SQLOrlando

Part of the decision of setting up a non profit is committing to a bit more than minimal effort when it comes to keeping track of the money. We’re still early days on that journey but I thought I’d share some of what we have set up so far.

We… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 26 November 2018

Notes From the 2018 PASS Summit (v20)

This was the 20th PASS Summit, a decent milestone! Interesting to pause and think, what will the Summit look like in another 20 years?

Notes from this year:

  • Flew out on Monday, uneventful. Arrived in Seattle around 1130 and was able to get my room right away at the Motif.…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 12 November 2018

Reasons to Serve on the PASS Board of Directors

A few weeks back I wrote Some Thoughts on How To Prepare to Serve on the PASS Board of Directors. The responses I heard, especially during the Summit last week, had two themes:
  • Recommending that much preparation will deter many candidates from running/is the bar for serving really that high?

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Posted in SQLAndy on 11 November 2018

The No-Election PASS Election

I was disheartened to read the post that shows we have three candidates for three positions this year. Started with six, two opted out (this is not uncommon as candidates sometimes realize they are not well enough prepared) and it seems one was rejected. Rejecting someone is unusual and not… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 2 November 2018

PASS Summit 2019 or Microsoft Ignite 2019?

It turns out that the 2019 Summit and Ignite will be held the same week in 2019, see this post from Grant for details. It’s definitely a terrible situation for PASS, either compete to some degree (perhaps more for speakers and MS employees than attendees) or try to exit a… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 23 October 2018

Some Thoughts on How to Prepare to Serve on the PASS Board of Directors

From time to time I’m asked for advice and insight on running for and serving on the PASS Board. I feel like the answer to that might fill a small book! I don’t have time to write that and I don’t think it would sell a lot of copies anyway,… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 22 October 2018

Notes from SQLSaturday #801 (2018)

We wrapped up our 12th SQLSaturday here in Orlando two weeks ago. Overall things went well. Registration was just a little higher than last year at 505. Last year we estimated attendance at 300. This year Kendal really worked to get an accurate count and it came in at about… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 20 October 2018

Notes from the September 2018 SQLOrlando Meetup


  • 30 registered, 11 attended. No weather or traffic issues. Same as the last meeting we did not send a day of reminder. Torn on that. Attendance matters, but trying to keep the meeting management as simple as possible. Thinking to send once for the next meeting on Dec 5th.

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Posted in SQLAndy on 25 September 2018

Apply for the 2019 Idera ACE Program

Sharing this before I forget, Idera is taking applications for their 2019 ACE Program. If you’re wanting to do more in the community, this is an interesting opportunity.

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Posted in SQLAndy on 19 September 2018

PASS FY2019 Budget Notes Updated

PASS has updated the notes supporting the FY 2019 budget to answer the questions I raised in my earlier post. They also emailed me directly with those answers, an effort I appreciate. I’ve sent back some follow up questions and will post again if I get more info.

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Posted in SQLAndy on 10 September 2018

Looking at the PASS FY 2019 Budget

I just spent a few more minutes looking at the FY 2019 budget. It is hard to assess whether it’s good or not beyond being balanced (and that is based on hitting the revenue goal for Summit – if that comes in low, then adjustments would be required). I… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 4 September 2018

Volunteer for the PASS NomCom

The call for applications for the Nominating Committee closes on Sep 10th. If you care about the future of PASS its a great way to engage. I’ve served on the committee a few times and it’s really interesting work.

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Posted in SQLAndy on 4 September 2018

More on Two Posts About PASS

Yesterday I linked to two really interesting posts about PASS and I hope you read them. I’ll start with a couple thoughts about them:

  • I admire the post from Steve for trying to do something with that’s available. It’s the essence of remembering that the perfect is the enemy of…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 28 August 2018

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