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  • re: Using Orca to Fix Installation Problems on Windows 7

    If you need help, post to Q &amp; A forum.
    Posted to John Paul Cook (Weblog) by John Paul Cook on April 18, 2017
  • PolyBase Error After Uninstalling JRE

    The new PolyBase feature in SQL Server 2016 has a dependency on the 64-bit Java Runtime or JRE. It must be installed prior to installing PolyBase. If you uninstall the JRE and install a later version of the JRE, you may experience a failure of PolyBase. I wont speculate as to what will happen if you reinstall the same version of JRE that you ...
    Posted to John Paul Cook (Weblog) by John Paul Cook on March 14, 2017
  • In the Cloud: Free Azure Training

    Microsoft has many free Azure training courses found at Each course is estimated to take 16-24 hours to complete. Oh my, I just realized Free Azure Training as a TLA is FAT. As a nurse, Id never tell anybody to get fat. But as an Azure architect, I want you to get FAT. Check it out and upgrade your skills!
    Posted to John Paul Cook (Weblog) by John Paul Cook on March 11, 2017
  • In the Cloud: Visual Studio 2017

    Visual Studio 2017 has new functionality to help you build apps for both on-premise and cloud solutions. The screen capture of the Visual Studio 2017 Enterprise installer shows a different interface than the previous several versions of Visual Studio have used. Notice I selected the options for both Azure development and Data storage and ...
    Posted to John Paul Cook (Weblog) by John Paul Cook on March 7, 2017
  • re: FLAS

    Adam, I was thinking Four Letter Acronym with FLA being singular and FLAS being plural. ETLA is probably better than FLA or FLAS. I'm still looking for the perfect 4 letter acronym for the class of four letter acronyms.
    Posted to John Paul Cook (Weblog) by John Paul Cook on November 27, 2016
  • FLAS

    The information technology field is full of obfuscation. There are many three letter acronyms, including the meta three letter acronym TLA. Now in the era of Big Data and Cloud, we have four letter acronyms, what I call FLAS, two of which are HTAP and ACID. People have asked me what these are, so here is an explanation. ACID has a new meaning. No ...
    Posted to John Paul Cook (Weblog) by John Paul Cook on November 8, 2016
  • Role Based Access Control in Azure

    From talking to customers and people new to Azure SQL Database, it is apparent that many people are unaware of how Role Based Access Control (RBAC) in Azure affects Azure SQL Database. Last week I gave a presentation on this at SQL Saturday and discussed it with customers at the SQL PASS Summit. This post is a brief summary and provides links to ...
    Posted to John Paul Cook (Weblog) by John Paul Cook on October 30, 2016
  • Big Data V’s

    Originally there were three Vs of Big Data. Doug Laney introduced Volume, Velocity, and Variety as the three Vs of data management in 2001 when he worked for the Meta Group, which was purchased by Gartner in 2005. He did not use the term Big Data in his 2001 publication. IBM uses the same three Vs and added a fourth B of Veracity no later than ...
    Posted to John Paul Cook (Weblog) by John Paul Cook on September 30, 2016
  • re: In The Cloud: Manually Migrating a Hyper-V VM to Azure

    I recommend visiting the Microsoft site at to obtain the latest and greatest instructions.
    Posted to John Paul Cook (Weblog) by John Paul Cook on July 19, 2016
  • re: SQL Server 2016 Polybase Services stuck in Change Pending state

    I wish I would have spelled my name correctly.
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