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SQLAndy

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: May 2011

An Unexpected Service Gotcha

Recently I was participating in a round of storage rearranging with a client (aka the storage dance) which consisted of temporarily moving the log files to a different drive and verifying the original drive was empty, then handing it over to the network team to remove that drive, add space… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 31 May 2011

SQLSaturday #85 in Orlando!

It’s that time of year again, actually a little earlier than in previous years as we’ll be holding our fifth annual event this year on September, 24, 2011, at Seminole State College in Lake Mary, FL. We’re moving to a new building this year as well, the Partnership Center. It’s… Read more

2 comments, 576 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 31 May 2011

Survival Mode & Dodging Burn Out

One of the benefits of experience is that you can see problems coming, that doesn’t mean you have enough experience to avoid the problem altogether! That’s been the case for me over the past 6 months or so. I elected to make some changes in my work life at the… Read more

1 comments, 297 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 26 May 2011

Looking Back at SQLRally Orlando

It’s been almost two weeks since we wrapped up our first SQLRally, and in some ways it hasn’t quite sunk in that it’s done, and done successfully. It was a long project, one that started with the PASS Board of Directors wanting to do more to serve our members, especially… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 25 May 2011

Doing Good Isn’t Easy Some Days

A few weeks back I was on a short trip with my family and as some trips go, it had been mildly chaotic getting out of the house, with the crest of the chaos being the moment when we had been on the road close to an hour and I… Read more

2 comments, 285 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 23 May 2011

The 2013 PASS Summit Goes to Charlotte

Just in case you didn’t catch the news yesterday on Twitter, the PASS blog, or via the PASS Connector, we announced that the 2013 Summit will be held in Charlotte, NC. It’s a decision that has been a couple years in the making, with the final discussions beginning early this… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 19 May 2011

Updated SQLSaturday Advisory Council

About a year and a half ago we put together the first advisory council consisting of Andy Leonard, Kevin Kline, Kalen Delaney, and Buck Woody, aimed at giving us a sounding board as we worked on ideas to grow the event format beyond the south east. Of course things change… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 17 May 2011

SQLRally Nordic

With all the talk about SQLRally Orlando you may have missed that we’ve got another SQLRally event in the pipeline – SQLRally Nordic! It’s being held Nov 8-9, 2011 at the Aronsborg Conference Center in Sweden. It’s our second SQLRally, and our first outside the US. We’ve got a… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 17 May 2011

Notes from SQLRally Orlando–Part 3

Our last day went well, even extremely well. By day 2 (or day 3 if you attended a seminar) everyone knows where everything is at and it all just flows well. It was a busy day for me, several meetings about SQLRally 2012 and a lot of conversations with people… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 16 May 2011

Notes from SQLRally Orlando–Part 2

Everything went well on Thursday. No major delays at check-in was a good start, and everything going according to plan. We had one speaker cancellation, but we had a reserve list and Jack Corbett was able to pick a speaker to fill the gap easily. Everything has just been…smooth. Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 13 May 2011

Notes from SQLRally Orlando

Tuesday afternoon started with me being an unexpected behind schedule, and then another interruption or two, but by 4:30 pm back on track for the meet and greet at Johnnies Hideaway. Probably 30-35 attendees, not bad for early on day zero, and we sat on the deck/patio until about 7:30… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 12 May 2011

Help Pick the 2011 Summit Topics and Speakers

Here’s your chance to give the program committee your thoughts on which sessions should be selected for the big show. Just visit our session preference page and pick the ones that you want to see. Understanding which topics are of interest will be one of the factors the team uses… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 11 May 2011

My One Submitted Session for the PASS Summit

This year I received an invitation to compete for one of the spotlight sessions and I wanted the presentation with the best chance of being accepted. Choosing ‘best’ was interesting. Of the two I presented at the Summit last year, should it be the one that scored the best, the… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 10 May 2011

SQLRally Orlando Begins This Week!

It actually starts tomorrow for me (and many of you), I’ll be at the Marriott World Center around 1 pm to get started on stuffing the event bags and then later in the day I’ll be at the first of a few After Hours events. It’s going to be a… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 9 May 2011

SSC Editorial: Running as SysAdmin

My editorial about Running as Sysadmin ran in the SQLServerCentral newsletter yesterday and generated some good (and passionate!) responses. It’s not a simple topic. Not easy to fix up front or after it’s broken. I think there is work we DBA’s can do to show them simple patterns they can… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 9 May 2011