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 18
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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Feb 25, 2015
Commentary

Data Profiling to the Rescue by Pushing Metadata Boundaries

Don’t let bad data sneak up on you when and where you least expect it. Ferret out bad data with Melissa Data’s newest Profiling Component for SSIS. Learn how to take control of your data using knowledge-base-driven metadata. The truth shall set you free!...More
Feb 11, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 17: Creating Jobs to Check on Synchronization

In my previous post, I provided a high-level outline of the core logic (and rationale behind that logic) that would be needed to set up regular synchronization checks on SQL Server Agent Jobs for servers where AlwaysOn Availability Groups have been deployed. In this post, I’ll walk through the steps--and the code--needed to setup those checks....More
Jan 22, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 18: Health Checks for Availability Groups

Now that we’ve outlined the process to let servers in a SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Group "talk to each other" by means of setting up linked servers, it’s possible to set up some additional or improved checks on Availability Group Health....More
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