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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: September 2011

Chalkboard at the Office

This is something I saw recently, a large chalkboard – like the kind they used to have in schools – on a hallway at a client. People come by and write notes. I’ve seen a countdown to the holidays, reminders to work together, things about upcoming games, and more. Occasionally… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 29 September 2011

Notes from SQLSaturday #85

I’m writing this on Sunday afternoon after the event, thinking about the event and what I want to share with you:

  • The speaker party started with a down pour, forcing us into a too small back room that still worked. Great evening conversations.
  • We used the built-in SpeedPASS for the…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 26 September 2011

SQLSaturday #85 is Tomorrow!

It’s 7am on Friday and I can’t wait for the day to end, head home to change and then go to the speaker party, followed by an entire day of learning, networking, and just plain fun. We’ve still got room for more attendees, if you’re in the area hope you’ll… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 23 September 2011

What Will Be The Shared Experience at Summit 2011?

Last year it was the Tina Turner impersonator. Was it last year or the year before where the servers spun up to the point it sounded like they would take off?

I thought the Tina Turner experience was the first one that really stuck. It was one of those “I… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 21 September 2011

What Should I Carry in My Laptop Bag

I have a tendency to carry more than I need, the equivalent of the Batman Utility Belt. I just went through and did some pruning, tried to get back to the basics:

  • Laptop. My E6500 for now. Love the machine, wish it was lighter. Looking with awe at the ultrabooks…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 21 September 2011

The Ten Thousand Year Clock

Ran across this in my reading about the Ten Thousand Year Clock, a project funded by Jeff Bezos. Awesome dream. Makes me think about dreaming bigger.

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1 comments, 702 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 21 September 2011

PASS Update #65 (Officers, September Meeting)

I wanted to start with a follow up to my last post about the officer elections and the concerns about having two officers from the same company. The question came in about whether having two from the same company increased the risk, and I want to try to answer that. Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 20 September 2011

No Drama

Someone I worked with recently on the server side of the business had that to say about SQL Server compared to Oracle. His perception as a guy that is on the fringe if not the middle of performance problems is that SQL Server doesn’t need much in the way of… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 19 September 2011

Conflict Resolution

More than once I’ve run into situations where I’m working with two people/groups that don’t get along. Especially as a manager or consultant its easy to wind up between two factions that can’t get along for reasons often lost to history. Telling them to ‘work it out’ rarely works. If… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 16 September 2011


It’s easy to get so busy with life you forget to dream, at least for me. Most of us have dreams, ranging from winning the lottery to having kids to the vacation to Tahiti. Some dreams are practical, such as paying off your mortgage. Some are less practical or even… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 16 September 2011

I Don’t Know

I wanted to write this because lately I say “I don’t know” a couple times a day to my client/boss. I know what I know, I try to prepare well, but she has an uncanny knack for asking questions that go one step beyond in some way. A lot of… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 14 September 2011

8 Weeks In

I’m about eight weeks into my current project and while I’m certain I don’t know it all, I’m finally at the point where I understand most of the work, know who most of the people are, and have a good idea on how to navigate to the finish line. It’s… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 13 September 2011

Checkers, Chess, and Politics

There are few games that don’t have some kind of strategy, from tic-tac-toe on up. Sometimes we take the time to master (or try to) the strategies, sometimes it’s enough to just play. If you just play though, and then decide to play against someone that takes the time to… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 12 September 2011

My Sessions & Schedule at the 2011 PASS Summit–Early View

I was just checking the event calendar and saw that my Building a Professional Development Plan presentation is on Wednesday at 3:00 pm. It’s one of my favorite presentations and out of all the ones I’ve done, it’s the one that I get follow up email on the most. I’m… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 12 September 2011

PASS Update #64 (Officer Elections)

Recently former PASS President Kevin Kline posted his thoughts on the current slate of officers. I encourage you to read it, but the crux of the post is that Kevin opposes having two members of the same company serve on the Executive Committee as a protection against undue influence.… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 7 September 2011

SQLSaturday #85 Is Just Around the Corner

Coming up on September 24th we’ll be doing our fifth annual SQLSaturday here in Orlando. We’re still at Seminole State College but in a different building (not far away), we’ve got a great schedule, we’re charging less for lunch this year (only $5!), and lunch will be served by many… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 6 September 2011

Testing Decisions

One of the things I like to do is take some time on decisions that matter to me. That’s a broad scope. Typically “yes” decisions are ones that I’m immediately comfortable with the risk, reward, whatever, and I know that I’m not going to rethink it afterward. Decisions that will… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 2 September 2011

Parking Places & Editorials

Parking places, that’s the topic of my recent editorial on SSC. A simple topic, but one that most of us get (after you read the editorial!) and one that transcends technology, maybe one that reminds us that we all metaphorically put on our pants one leg at a time.

I’ve… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 2 September 2011