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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Dec 16, 2014
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Eight SQL Server Signs the Illuminati Exist

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Dec 2, 2014
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 16: Job Synchronization Checkup Logic

With Linked Servers configured to allow cross-host or cross-box communication between the servers you’re using to host your AlwaysOn Availability Groups, it’s time to start looking at some scripts that can be used to regularly check whether or not SQL Server Agent jobs are correctly synchronized across all servers in your topology....More
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Nov 18, 2014
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 15: Setting Up Linked Servers

Learn about setting up Linked Server definitions to let two (or more) servers in an AlwaysOn Availability Group talk to each other and check up on job statuses of jobs running on each other....More
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