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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: October 2016

SQLDinner/Meetup Tonight at PASS Summit

If you’re at the PASS Summit and would like to meet some new people, come see us from 5:30 to 6:30! Take the convention center escalator to the first floor and turn left, you’ll see us and some volunteers. Here’s the plan:

  1. We’ll give you a large card and a…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 27 October 2016

How O’reilly Picks Sessions

Read this and wanted to share as we head to the PASS Summit next week: This is how we do it: Behind the curtain of the O’Reilly Security Conference CFP


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Posted in SQLAndy on 21 October 2016

Notes on Designing an After Hours Event for the PASS Summit

This year we’re trying out two ideas on Thursday night, a networking dinner (of a sort) and game night. I wanted to share some ideas on how and why we put these together.

  • We’ve long tried to encourage more after hours events with limited success. Of course not all events…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 20 October 2016

PASS Summit 2016: Dinner, Dinner, Game

Part of making a week long trip to a big event like the PASS Summit successful is finding something to do in the evening that recharges you. PASS has a number of events listed for After Hours this year. Steve Jones and I are organizing three of them:

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Posted in SQLAndy on 20 October 2016

Making the Most of PASS Summit and Similar Events

Events like the PASS Summit aren’t just about education. They are a chance to meet new people, get some distance from the day to day problems of work (and life perhaps), and even have some fun. Done well attendees end the week tired and recharged.

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Posted in SQLAndy on 20 October 2016

An Update on My 2012 Mac Air

Typically I want to get 3 years out of a laptop to amortize spending on a premium grade machine. I’m at 4 years on this one and while there is better hardware available now, so far it hasn’t been enough better to drive me to buy something new. I maxed… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 12 October 2016

SSC Editorial: Does Log Data Belong in a Table or a File?

I think the topic of whether log data belongs in a table or a file would be a great one for a debate format. I think its one of my better editorial efforts because most people will already have an opinion on which is correct/better and will be curious to… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 10 October 2016

SSC Editorial: A Visit to Microsoft

A Visit to Microsoft was posted back in August and I just re-read it. Here’s a quote that might interest you:

As a working DBA I heard two things that seemed very positive (not counting the new features and improvements of course). One was that Microsoft sees the ability to…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 10 October 2016

Networking Dinner at the 2016 PASS Summit

Steve Jones & I are organizing our 7th annual networking dinner on Monday night, October 24th in Seattle. We’re changing the formula just a little this year in an effort to work better with the hosting restaurant – it’s hard to absorb 200 people showing up all at the same… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 6 October 2016

Notes about Postponing SQLSaturday Orlando Due to the Hurricane

We’ve been monitoring the weather all week, thinking that today was the day we had to decide. We didn’t want to be hyper-cautious and reschedule too early because of the impact on speakers and sponsors traveling to Orlando, nor did we want to want too long and risk them being… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 5 October 2016