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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.

Archives: April 2008

Review of Pro SQL Server 2005 High Availability

I grabbed Pro SQL Server 2005 High Availability by Allan Hirt recently to add to the library and I've been pleased with it even though it's expensive as books go, close to $60. Really good coverage of everything you need to know to figure our your HA strategy, with lots… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 30 April 2008

Building Raffle Tickets for SQLSaturday

Raffle tickets have become a mainstay of our events, making it easy to handle the large volume of items donated by our sponsors. Back in SQLSaturday #1 they looked more like business cards due to time constraints, but as we've learned and had time to reflect we've been upgrading here… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 29 April 2008

More on Mentoring

Two weeks ago I did five posts on mentoring, and based on that I received a couple interesting notes, here is one, posted with the permission of the sender:

"I have been in the position of having a mentor.  A good mentor is the best friend and guide… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 28 April 2008

SQLSaturday #3 Jacksonville - Final Reminder!

Just checked the registrations and we're at 354, with plenty of room for more! Brian has been busy tweaking the schedule and getting his crew of volunteers ready to go, Friday they'll be buying all the stuff needed to make the event happen. There are some really great sessions on… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 28 April 2008

Visiting the Space Coast .Net Users Group in June

My friend Ken Tucker invited me to speak on June 11, I'll be doing a short presentation on SQL performance and then trying to answer as many questions as I can with the goal of showing developers how and why the DBA's make such harsh demands of developers:-) It'll be… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 28 April 2008

Orlando Heroes Launch Event

I attended this on Friday along with fellow oPASS members Mike Antonovich and Ulysses Vasquez to represent PASS, and we were joined at the community table along with Shawn Weisfeld of The Orlando .Net Users Group and Ken Tucker of The Space Coast .Net Users Group. We saw… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 27 April 2008

SQL Server in the Cloud

The April 15, 2008 edition of SDTimes (PDF download here) has some information about SSDS, the SQL Server in the cloud that was announced not long ago (and still in private beta). I'll mention a couple points here, but worth reading the article!

  • Says that it doesn't use…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 27 April 2008

More LINQ Discussion

Steve Jones recently posted an editorial about LINQ and the resulting discussion encapsulates most of the points of view on the topic. The biggest problem "we" have is we just don't have a good picture of the time savings for developers using LINQ (and I really mean LINQ to SQL)… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 24 April 2008

Tribute to Jim Gray

Ran across this in the Mar/Apr ACM Queue, http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/IPRO/JimGrayTribute/ will be held at UC Berkeley on May 31st, 2008. Jim Gray was a Microsoft researcher that focused on databases and was lost at sea some time ago. Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 24 April 2008

Desktop or Laptop

Most of that do any time of training or consulting typically use laptops, and they are even reasonably common in the corporate world - even for those that have 'desk' jobs. I have a couple desktops at home, but I've used a laptop for work for close to 9 years… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 23 April 2008

Interesting Web Hosting Option

Ran across this from Mosso, a spin off from Rackspace. Pricing looks very attractive, and there are some interesting twists. One is that you can run PHP/ASP.Net on the same server, no problem. You can get SQL Server for another $5 a month (hosting starts at $100 and includes… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 22 April 2008

SQLSaturday #4 in Orlando - With a Twist!

As you may know MS Teched is two weeks this year and is being held in Orlando. Turns out that they have it leased for two full weeks, but nothing planned for the middle weekend. That presented an opportunity for the local MS communities to do something with the space.… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 22 April 2008

Where are Profiler User Defined Templates Stored?

Someone asked me this recently and I really had no idea. Quick look in BOL didn't yield any results, so curiousity won out. First step was to use Profiler to monitor while I created a new template (with the standard like '%profiler% filter removed!) and didn't see anything. Loaded FileMon Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 21 April 2008

Information on Dell/Equilogic ISCSI

Our Dell rep sent over this link about Equilogic ISCSI SAN's, pricing is not yet posted but according to him, supposed to be very very interesting. Note that I don't own Dell stock, they just happen to be who we work with most of time. Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 21 April 2008

Professional Development Links

Someone asked me for these recently as they predate the blog. All were posted on SSC over the past couple years.

Professional Development

Beginning Professional Development

Time for Training



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Posted in SQLAndy on 17 April 2008

Thoughts on Mentoring - Part 5

As a mentor I'm looking for someone with the drive to learn and grow, and willing to acknowledge that they don't know it all yet/could possibly learn something from me. It's certainly not that I know it all, I'm reminded daily that is not the case! But if they can't… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 17 April 2008

Thoughts on Mentoring - Part 4

One of the dangers of mentoring someone on your team is that you can easily be perceived as biased, and the protege as the 'teachers pet'. In fact those are pretty close to the truth! It just doesn't work to mentor someone that you don't believe in and because of… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 16 April 2008

Thoughts on Mentoring - Part 3

I think sometimes a lot of what we call mentoring might be appropriately called coaching. Before you go trying to build a mentoring platform in your organization, make sure you've implemented the following:

  • Requesting (requiring just doesn't work) that each employee build a professional development plan with your help. Set…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 15 April 2008

Thoughts on Mentoring - Part 2

It's always good to find a book or two on a subject when you want to be good at something. I grabbed two from Amazon, the first being The Elements of Mentoring ($15) and I've found it to be a very good book. It's actually written by a mentor/protege pair!… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 14 April 2008

Thoughts on Mentoring - Part 1

Mentoring is something I think a lot of us wish for and that few of us find. Few businesses encourage it and even if they do, in my experience it's absolutely about chemistry - can't be an arranged marriage! It's been on my mind lately as in the course of… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 13 April 2008

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