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Webinar Tuesday February 27, 2018: Monitoring Amazon RDS with Percona Monitoring and Management (PMM)

Please join Percona’s Build / Release Engineer, Mykola Marzhan, as he presents Monitoring Amazon RDS with Percona Monitoring and Management on February 27, 2018, at 7:00 am PDT (UTC-8) / 10:00 am EDT (UTC-5).

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Are you concerned about how you are monitoring your AWS environment? Keeping track of what is happening in your Amazon RDS deployment is key to guaranteeing the performance and availability of your database for …

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This Week in Data with Colin Charles 29: Percona Live Full Schedule, MariaDB Events, and a Matter of Compatibility

Join Percona Chief Evangelist Colin Charles as he covers happenings, gives pointers and provides musings on the open source database community.

I think the biggest news from Percona-land is that besides the tutorial grid, the schedule for day 1 and day 2 are live! Also notice the many “sub-themes”: a 101 track, using MySQL, MongoDB, cloud, MySQL database software, PostgreSQL, containers & automation, monitoring & ops, and misc. database stuff. Learn from 107 different experts (this number is likely to increase). So register now.

This coming week, Peter Zaitsev, Tom Basil, and I will be …

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Updated: ClusterControl Tips & Tricks: MySQL Query Performance Tuning

Bad query performance is the most common problem DBA’s have to deal with. There are numerous ways to collect, process and analyze the data related to query performance - we’ve covered one of the most popular tools, pt-query-digest, in some of our previous blog posts:

Become a MySQL DBA blog series

When you use ClusterControl though, this is not always needed. You can use the data available in ClusterControl to solve your problem. In this blog post, we’ll look into how ClusterControl can …

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How to Restore MySQL Logical Backup at Maximum Speed

The ability to restore MySQL logical backups is a significant part of disaster recovery procedures. It’s a last line of defense.

Even if you lost all data from a production server, physical backups (data files snapshot created with an offline copy or with Percona XtraBackup) could show the same internal database structure corruption as in production data. Backups in a simple plain text format allow you to avoid such corruptions and migrate between database formats (e.g., during a software upgrade and downgrade), or even help with migration from completely different database solution.

Unfortunately, the restore speed for logical backups is usually bad, and for a big database it could require days …

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MariaDB MaxScale 2.2: Introducing Failover, Switchover and Automatic Rejoin

MariaDB MaxScale 2.2: Introducing Failover, Switchover and Automatic Rejoin Esa Korhonen Thu, 02/22/2018 - 18:16

Failure tolerance and recoverability are essential for a high availability (HA) database setup. Although modern systems are quite reliable, hardware errors or software bugs (not necessarily in the database itself) can bring a system down. MariaDB HA setups use master-slave replication to copy the data to multiple servers, which may be located in different datacenters. Should the master server fail the application can be directed to use one of the slave servers. This operation either requires manual interference from a dba or a custom automated script. Depending on time of day and personnel, manual operation may be slow. Custom scripts may lack testing and flexibility. Clearly, recovery should be automatic, thoroughly tested and preferably included in existing database scalability software.

To answer this demand, MariaDB …

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Percona Live 2018 Featured Talk – Scaling a High-Traffic Database: Moving Tables Across Clusters with Bryana Knight

Welcome to the first interview blog for the upcoming Percona Live 2018. Each post in this series highlights a Percona Live 2018 featured talk that will be at the conference and gives a short preview of what attendees can expect to learn from the presenter.

This blog post highlights Bryana Knight, Platform Engineer at GitHub. Her talk is titled Scaling a High-Traffic Database: Moving Tables Across Clusters. Facing an immediate need to distribute load, GitHub came up with creative ways to move a significant amount of traffic off of their main MySQL cluster – with no user impact. In our conversation, we …

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How to use MySQL 8.0.4 with a GUI

If you want to have a look on what is about to come in the new version of the popular database and is used to Syntax Highlighting you don’t need to be chained to the Terminal.

Some of you may use tools like MySQL Workbench or Sequel Pro (as of the release of this post both tools had the following error occurring), and even if you are using the Terminal (if you are using an old version of mysql​, like 5.7) you may encounter this error:

Unable to connect to host 127.0.0.1, or the request timed out.

Be sure that the address is correct and that you have the necessary privileges, or try increasing the connection timeout (currently 10 seconds).

MySQL said: Authentication plugin ‘caching_sha2_password’ cannot be loaded: …

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MariaDB version upgrade to 10.1.31 breaks Galera cluster

Recently we faced an issue where the config management software had automatically upgraded the mariadb-server-10.1 package to the latest 10.1.31 version. This upgrade broke the galera cluster setup for this installation.

I’ve started to recreate this issue in my local lab setup and I managed to reproduce this problem.

I have created a 3 node galera setup: galera1 (192.168.55.100), galera2 (192.168.55.101) and galera3 (192.168.55.102). All 3 servers run MariaDB-10.1.30. Galera replication is working fine.

This is the basic galera config:

# cat /etc/mysql/conf.d/cluster.cnf
#########################################################
# Galera config
#########################################################

[mysqld]
wsrep_on                                  = ON
wsrep_provider                            = /usr/lib/libgalera_smm.so
wsrep_provider_options                    =
wsrep_cluster_name                        = …
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RDS Aurora MySQL and Service Interruptions

In Amazon space, any EC2 or Service instance can “disappear” at any time.  Depending on which service is affected, the service will be automatically restarted.  In EC2 you can choose whether an interrupted instance will be restarted, or left shutdown.

For an Aurora instance, an interrupted instance is always restarted. Makes sense.

The restart timing, and other consequences during the process, are noted in our post on Aurora Failovers.

Aurora Testing Limitations

As mentioned earlier, we love testing “uncontrolled” failovers.  That is, we want to be able to pull any plug on any service, and see that the environment as a whole continues to do its job.  We can’t do that with Aurora, because we can’t control the essentials:

  • power button;
  • reset switch;
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Scale with Maxscale part-4 (Amazon Aurora)

This is part-4 of the Maxscale Blog series

  1. Maxscale and Galera
  2. Maxscale Basic Administration
  3. Maxscale for Replication

Maxscale started supporting Amazon Aurora lately from its version 2.1 which comes with a BSL license, we are good until we use only 3 nodes, …

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