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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.

SQLSaturday Atlanta & South Florida 2019

I’ll be in South Florida again this year and will stay over as usual for a couple days of vacation. I see Brent is attending; I’ll have to make sure we’re not scheduled at the same time so that he gets a few attendees in his session!

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Posted in SQLAndy on 18 February 2019

Notes From the 2nd SQLOrlando Lunch Meetup

I won’t blog all of these we do, but wanted to capture a few thoughts and then revisit later in the year.

  • 6 attendees (and I think we missed one that showed up and couldn’t find us, not great)
  • Met at Friendly Confines which worked out well
  • We had 19…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 17 February 2019

Notes From the Feb 7, 2019 Spacecoast Meetup

I drove over to Melbourne on to speak to the group, hadn’t been over in a while. Quick notes:

  • 8 attendees, not bad for a small group, and they always appreciate someone visiting
  • Same location as before – Sonny’s BBQ. Appreciate the consistency, it’s easy to find/get to. If only…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 17 February 2019

Notes on our First SQLOrlando Lunch Meetup


  • We had 17 register and 8 attend our first lunch meetup of the year at Fuzzy’s Tacos
  • Great venue. $10 for lunch, plenty of seating, and vegan options
  • A couple of our attendees were from 30+ minutes away! I didn’t expect that for a “no training” lunch, but very…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 26 January 2019

SQLOrlando Tax Filing

Last year (the first filing) I had my accountant do the filing for SQLOrlando, but this year I wanted to do it myself. Last week I tried and the site wasn’t available due to the government shutdown, so I tried again today and it was operational.

First I had to… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 26 January 2019

One Long Week

It started on Saturday. I usually have lunch with one or both of my daughters on the weekend and this week it was just my oldest, going on 15. I was getting over a cold and while driving she mentioned she had some chest pain. Startled me a little, she… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 21 January 2019

Call for Speakers – SQLSaturday Jacksonville 2019

SQLSaturday Jacksonville 2019 is scheduled for May 4, 2019. The call for speakers closes on March 5.

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Posted in SQLAndy on 21 January 2019

Call for Speakers – SQLSaturday Tampa 2019

SQLSaturday Tampa just went live and the call for speakers is open through February 23, 2019. I’ll be attending, hope to see you there!

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Posted in SQLAndy on 21 January 2019

Move The Location Map Pin in Meetup

Just received an email from Meetup with some news on enhancements and one of them was interesting to me – the ability to adjust the map pin for the meetup location. There are a few others you might find interesting, see the list at https://help.meetup.com/hc/en-us/sections/360000541571-New-Product-Updates.

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Posted in SQLAndy on 26 December 2018

Call for Speakers for Orlando Code Camp Closes Jan 18, 2019 & We Need SQL Speakers

Orlando Code Camp is March 30. 2019 in Lake Mary (same location as SQLSaturday Orlando) and we’re hoping to have a solid SQL track that focuses on parts of SQL that are interested to developers. It’s a great event, attendance runs 600+, so you’ll get plenty of people in your… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 22 December 2018

Meetup Pro for Non Profits

We use Meetup for SQLOrlando. We have enough members that we have to pay for the service and it works well enough that we’re ok with paying for it. They also offer Meetup Pro for a higher fee that gives you analytics, some API access, and a way to sync… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 18 December 2018

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.

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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

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