John Paul Cook

John Paul
Cook

John Paul Cook is a database and systems architect in Houston, Texas. His primary focus is helping large enterprise customers succeed with SQL Server, virtualization, and Visual Studio Team System. He has multiple Microsoft and Oracle certifications and is a Microsoft MVP.

Articles
Zip Your Data
Add compression capabilities to SQL Server 2005 by leveraging the Common Language Runtime (CLR) and taking advantage of the new varbinary(max) data type.
Compression Basics 1
If you're embarking on a solution for compressing data, you'll find this compression overview helpful.
Can I Have a Reference?
SQL Server Projects restrict the custom .NET assemblies you can reference.
SQL Server 2005 Express and Workgroup: Scaled Back, Yet Feature-Rich 1
SQL Server 2005 Express Edition and SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition provide many SQL Server 2005 features and are geared toward the needs of developers and smaller organizations.
Easy Coding with SMO
SMO, the new programming access layer in SQL Server 2005, lets you quickly and easily develop applications while reducing coding errors and increasing the likelihood that your solution will work the first time.
Executing Stored Procedures Remotely
You can't use a linked server to execute an Oracle stored procedure from SQL Server, but you can update an Oracle table from a linked-server query.
Transactions
Learn how to deal with differences in how SQL Server and Oracle treat transaction commitment.
System Procedures for Obtaining Linked-Server Metadata
Some SQL Server system stored procedures can help you obtain Oracle metadata from a linked Oracle server.
Analyzing Linked-Server Queries 2
To fully analyze an Oracle linked-server query, you need to use Oracle's SQL Trace facility.
SQL Server and Oracle: Making the Connection 19
Linking servers is fairly straightforward when they're all SQL Servers--but what happens when your company has data in both SQL Server and Oracle? Here's a guide to what Microsoft and Oracle don't tell you.

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Jul 28, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 29: Practical Implementation Tips

My initial goal in writing this series of posts was to outline some of the concerns surrounding Availability Groups (AGs) and SQL Server Agent Jobs – and call out how there is virtually no guidance from Microsoft on this front and then detail some of the pitfalls and options available for tackling this problem domain. I initially expected this series of posts to have between 25 and 30 posts – according to some of the early outlines I created ‘way back when’....More
Jul 6, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 28: Additional Options for Tackling Jobs Failover

Throughout this series of posts I’ve taken a somewhat pessimistic view of how SQL Server Agent jobs are managed within most organizations – meaning that most of the code and examples I’ve provided up until this point were based on assumptions about how CHANGE to jobs is managed. That pessimism, to date, has come in two forms:...More
Jul 1, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 27: Options and Concerns for More Advanced Deployments

In this series of posts I’ve called out some of the concerns related to SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups and their interaction with SQL Server Agent jobs – both in the form of Batch Jobs (see post #3) and backups....More
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