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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.

South Florida Vacation Notes

I extended my trip to SQLSaturday South Florida for a couple days vacation. If I’m going to drive 3-1/2 hours may as well make the most of it.

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Posted in SQLAndy on 19 June 2018

What Twitter Account Should SQLSaturday Use?

Last week PASS sent out an email saying that on June 15 all the tweets from @sqlsat would be changed to come from @sqlpass (and no more “attending” tweets”). The next day the deadline was moved to June 22 in response to feedback. You can read the official post here Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 18 June 2018

Notes on SQLSaturday South Florida 2018


  • Due to travel delays I missed the speaker dinner. I missed the chance to catch up and meet new people, but I have to admit the introvert in me enjoyed a quiet evening before a busy Saturday. That’s not to suggest that I will plan to miss more, it’s…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 18 June 2018

Notes on the May 2018 SQLOrlando Meetup

Late writing notes!

  • 55 registered, 28 attended. Not bad, and about on track for expected 50% drop. Really, 28 made for a good meeting.
  • Posted to meetup, one email out to the oPASS/MagicPASS list, so by design not doing a lot of extra messaging.
  • First meeting downtown, but strangely almost…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 11 June 2018

SQLSaturday Orlando 2018 – Planning Update #2

Continuing the notes I wrote in Update #1, got a few more things done last week:

  • Received confirmation that the event was approved, good!
  • Logged in to the admin site and did these things (about 10 mins):
    • Set the call for speakers end date
    • Picked vegetarian as a lunch…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 5 June 2018

SQLSaturday Orlando 2018 Registration is Open

We’ve just opened up registration and the call for speakers for our 12th SQLSaturday here in Orlando. We did #1 back before we numbered them and this year we’re an astounding #801. It’s fun to watch that number keep increasing!

The call for speakers will end on July 20th. We… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 1 June 2018

SQLSaturday Orlando 2018 – Planning Update #1

Each year I try to capture a little more on how to set things up here in Orlando. Right now its all in one spreadsheet with a bunch of tabs. Low tech, but good enough for now. Here’s what I’ve done so far:

  • Mar 1. Reserved our date for this…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 29 May 2018

Thoughts on the 2018 (and beyond) PASS Elections – Part 1

Last week Wendy Pastrick of the PASS Board posted PASS Election 2018 Timeline. It’s a good post for a few reasons:

  • It signals changes to an existing process (which leaves time for discussion/uproar as needed and any resulting course corrections)
  • It explains why the change is being made
  • It…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 16 May 2018

SQLOrlando Meetup Coming Up on May 23, 2018

We’ve been on a break with regards to most things SQL here in Orlando, but we’re getting things going again with a double-the-content meeting featuring Kendal Van Dyke and Tom Staab. This will be the first time we’ve held a meeting in downtown Orlando so I’m interested to see how… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 8 May 2018

Good Seeing

I just finished reading The Perfect Machine about the construction of the Hale Telescope at Mount Palomar (here is a pretty good picture). Fascinating story with regard to both the people involved and the engineering. It took 21 years from getting the funds to when the first images were… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 8 May 2018

Notes from SQLSaturday Jacksonville 2018


  • Great attendance, easily 400+
  • Lunch was smooth this year due to changing to boxed lunches
  • Rooms were in 2 different buildings. Sometimes you have to, but it always adds complexity
  • Speaker gift was a ‘survival kit’s with lots of useful bits including a USB C to HDMI/DVI/VGA (similar…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 7 May 2018

Benefits for Veterans

Wanted to share a few things I came across recently with regards to benefits for veterans:

  • You can get a printed VA card now by signing up via ID.me (ID.me also comes in handy for things like qualifying for incentives from car manufacturers). The card does not have your social…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 25 April 2018

Custard Indexes

Not sure how or why this popped into my head (and too late for April Fools!), but it amuses me to think about adding another layer of confusion to the clustered index discussions. Here’s your problem, you don’t have a custard key on that table!

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Posted in SQLAndy on 13 April 2018

Farewell, Robert Davis

Robert Davis (@SQLSoldier) died on Monday. A great technical guy, he did a lot of writing and presenting and answering questions over the years, shared a lot of knowledge and hard won lessons about working with SQL.  For years to come people will be trying to find an answer and… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 4 April 2018

Jacksonville, South Florida, and Houston

Just crossed off my quarterly goal of planning SQLSaturday attendance for the next quarter (I’m writing this on March 31st!). I’ll be going to Jacksonville, South Florida, and Houston. Looking ahead I probably won’t do any in Q3 and will resume with SQLSaturday Orlando in October. I try to do… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 2 April 2018

Thursday Night at the PASS Summit

It’s early days for thinking about the Summit, but as I wrote the post for yesterday about not submitting I was thinking about Game Night (which I hope continues) and trying to think what else we might do for a small(er) group given that we have rooms available. That took… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 30 March 2018

No Summit Submission This Year

I had three ideas I considered submitting this year:

  • Devops for the DBA
  • SQL Checklists
  • Learning Plans v2

I’ve presented the first topic a few times in different forms, still not quite figure out. I did the one on checklists once, but while I think its valuable, it needs some… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 29 March 2018

SQLSaturday Orlando 2018 – Planned for October 6

Just a quick note that we’ve reserved the date for our 12th SQLSaturday here in Orlando. It will be held on October 6, 2018, at our usual location at Seminole State College. Expect the call for speaker and registration to open up on June 1st. We’ll also publish information then… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 28 March 2018

Parsing the PASS Blog Posts about FY 19 and SQLSaturday

In February PASS President Grant Fritchey posted PASS Priorities FY 19 followed by An Open Letter to SQLSaturday Organizers, and then held an online town hall for SQLSaturday organizers in March to address some of the questions generated by the two posts. For all the messaging, the story remains… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 27 March 2018

Notes on SQLSaturday Tampa 2018

Quick notes:

  • Same location as previous years, good!
  • Parking was same place, but it was confused by a pay-to-park event on the same day. The attendants knew to let SQLSaturday attendees in at new charge, but I’m betting a few paid without asking or turned away
  • Some of the rooms…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 26 March 2018

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