John Paul Cook

John Paul

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.

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.
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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From the Blogs
Sep 15, 2015

Setting Up Additional Checks to Ensure Regular Transaction Log Backups 1

There’s simply no way to overstate the importance of regular Transaction Log Backups. Not only do they help protect from disaster, but regular execution of T-Log backups on Full (and Bulk-Logged) Recovery databases helps keep thing “fit and trim”. Most of the time, setting up a Notification for when T-Log Backup Jobs fail is enough to let you know when something goes wrong....More
Sep 1, 2015

Stop Using INFORMATION_SCHEMA and SysObjects for Exists Checks 3

Code like this isn’t optimal: IF EXISTS(SELECT * FROM sys.objects WHERE name = N'TableToDrop' AND type = 'U')         DROP TABLE TableToDrop; GO Neither is this: IF EXISTS(SELECT TABLE_NAME FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES WHERE TABLE_NAME = 'TableToDrop')         DROP TABLE TableToDrop; GO Yet, I see both of those used all of the time – over and over again. Even though it’s 2015.  ...More
Aug 27, 2015

A Replacement for Maintenance Plan Backups 1

This blog post is a bit of a ‘repeat’ – since I already covered much of the rationale behind this post in Part 23 of my multi-part series on AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Agent Jobs. But, I also figured that this is enough of an important topic to merit its own blog post....More
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