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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 2013

Looking Forward

For the past couple months I’ve been looking forward to a 5 week break, a chance to think about what I’ve learned and what I want to do next. I haven’t take 2 weeks in a row off in almost 3 years, so a nice vacation, some thinking, some yard… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 30 April 2013

Looking Back-Part 2

As I re-read the original Looking Back post I realized I didn’t include anything about the fear part – stepping away from an established career focus to do something else for a while. I’ve been a SQL guy for a long time, I started using SQL Server in 1998 and… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 29 April 2013

Assorted Links for April 27, 2013

  • Spend a few minutes reviewing 20 Critical Security Controls. Very interesting stuff. For example, #1 refers to having and maintaining an inventory of authorized devices/etc. Do you know all the servers running SQL and would you know if someone set up a new one?
  • Add this blog about servant…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 27 April 2013

Looking Back

In July 2011 I took what felt like a big chance and a detour to lead a large and complex security upgrade for a large company. The project included replacing firewalls, re-ip’ing  hundreds of servers, implementing updates to hardening standards, updating application logging, and a lot more. A ‘lot more’… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 24 April 2013

Review of The Way

The Way, starring Martin Sheen and directed by Emilio Estevez has been on my want to watch list for a while, kept putting it off because it looked like (and sometimes is) a sad movie. Tom (Martin) gets a call that his son was killed in Europe on the… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 23 April 2013

SQLSaturday Philadelphia, Cocoa Beach, Orlando, and Charleston

I’ll be attending and presenting at SQLSaturday #200 in Philadelphia in June, then I’ll be attending the first ever SQLSaturday in Cocoa Beach in late July, and then I’ll definitely be at SQLSaturday Orlando on September 21st. No plans for April, in May I may drive up to attend SQLSaturday… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 22 April 2013

Assorted Links for April 13, 2013

  • Consider adding Troy Hunt to your feed list
  • Great post about the role of staffing firms in your job search and saying no to offers that aren’t good enough
  • VoltDB claims to the be the fastest OLTP database – anyone out there tried it?
  • I don’t want to work at…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 13 April 2013

How Much Power Does Your PC Use?

I can’t say I’ve ever worried too much about how much power my PC uses. I care about battery life on a laptop and like laptops that use a lower wattage transformer because it’s smaller and lighter. Power to servers only mattered as far as “do we have it” and… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 8 April 2013

Failing to Overreach

I’m not sure what put this phrase in my head, though I think in part it came from various posts by Seth Godin, and it represents something – a doubt maybe – about whether I’m doing enough.

I think of myself as fairly conservative when it comes to taking risks.… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 3 April 2013

Mo-SQL On A Stick

If you’re involved in the database world it’s hard to have missed the rise of the “no-sql” database products, designed to – depending on your view or the product I suppose – make databases simpler, break out of the transaction database paradigm, scale out across hundreds of machines, make it… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 1 April 2013