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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: July 2015

SSC Editorial: Would You Pay to Wear Jeans at Work?

Would You Pay to Wear Jeans at Work turned out to be popular piece when posted a couple weeks back. The premise is that some companies allow a relaxed dress code in return for a donation to a specified charity.  I’ve opted in at times and not at others to… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 28 July 2015

SQLSaturday Orlando 2015–Classes on Thursday and Friday for Even More Learning

We have a solid tradition here in Orlando of offering some all day classes the Thursday and Friday before SQLSaturday. It started way back at #1 when we brought Joe Celko to town! It’s a way to give our local community the chance to do some deeper learning at a… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 20 July 2015

SSC Editorial: Is the Golden Age of Information Technology Almost Over?

Posted last week, Is the Golden Age of Information Technology Almost Over? generated some interesting comments. It’s tough to write about potential changes without saying the sky is following, but it does make a good opinion piece!

I was discussing it with Steve Jones after it was published and he… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 16 July 2015

Next oPASS Meeting is July 23, 2015 with David Crook

The next OPASS meeting is July 23, 2015, featuring David Crook from Microsoft doing a presentation on predicting home value using Azure. Should be interesting!


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Posted in SQLAndy on 16 July 2015

The End of SQLRally

PASS announced yesterday the end of the SQLRally brand. It was disappointing news for an idea that started with such promise. It’s a minimal impact decision as Rally had long been dead here in the US and I imagine the international users will be able to proceed using the SQLSaturday… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 14 July 2015

Worth Reading: Microsoft IT migrates mailboxes to Office 365 Exchange Online

Just read Microsoft IT migrates mailboxes to Office 365 Exchange Online, a good overview of their migration from Exchange. Lots of interesting lessons learned and if you generalize just a bit apply to other migration scenarios.



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Posted in SQLAndy on 14 July 2015

Be a PASS NomCom Candidate!

Today is the last day to submit your name as a candidate for the NomCom. If you’re a PASS member (surely you are) and you want the org to remain strong volunteering for the NomCom is a great way to help out. It’s also a way to get an… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 14 July 2015

Thoughts on the PASS BAC

I recently read PASS and Business Analytics: A Winning Combination on the PASS blog and it reminded me that I’ve been wanting to write some thoughts and concerns related to the BAC. I start this acknowledging I’m looking at things from a DBA perspective and that I haven’t attended a… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 8 July 2015

Moving SQLAndy to Project Nami

I’ve been hosting this blog on Azure for a while, running WordPress on top of MySQL. Works fine, gives me a reason to use Azure here and there to gain experience. No good reason to change. Still, why not?

Last night I loaded Project Nami, a port of WordPress… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 2 July 2015

Reporting Services Subscriptions in “Pending” Status

Ran into this issue today. A subscription that had been working failed. Looking at it in the RS portal it had a status of “pending” Not helpful! I tested the report, looked at the datasources, and the subscription, it all looked good. It was only when I stepped through the… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 1 July 2015