MariaDB Database Administration

5 Day Course
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This MariaDB Database Administration course is designed for MariaDB Database Administrators who have a basic understanding of a MariaDB database and a good working knowledge of SQL commands.

The course provides an understanding of MariaDB Architecture and practical experience in setting up, configuring and maintaining a MySQL server, backing up and recovering data and optimising query performance.

This MariaDB Database Administration course also covers MySQL replication and its role in high availability and scalability.


The delegate will learn and acquire skills as follows:

  • Using Client Programs for MariaDB DBA work
  • Using MySQL Workbench
  • Obtaining metadata
  • Configuring the Server
  • Install and configure the MariaDB Server and client programs
  • Administering and tuning a server
  • Upgrading a Running Server
  • Setting up Character Set Support
  • Configuring log files and using them to monitor database activity
  • Interpreting error messages
  • Locking and transactions
  • Using different storage engines
  • Table Maintenance
  • Implementing a backup strategy
  • Performing physical and logical backups of data
  • Administering Users and Privileges
  • Securing the Server from common security threats
  • Identify and Optimise poorly tuned queries
  • Tuning Tables and Indexes
  • Using the Event Scheduler
  • Creating Partitioned Tables
  • Replication
  • Configure simple and complex replication topologies
  • Administer a replication topology

Target Audience

Database Administrators, Database Developers and Technical Consultants who need to setup, administer, monitor and support MariaDB databases and servers.

Additional Information

Delegates who are also considering attending the 3 Day FastTrack to MariaDB Database Administration should note that fewer topics are covered on this course and it is delivered at a much faster pace due to the delegates already having substantial experience of administering other databases.

  • Course technical content is subject to change without notice.
  • Course content is structured as sessions, this does not strictly map to course timings. Concepts, content and practicals often span sessions.

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The Server, Clients and Tools (7 topics)

  • Introduction
  • The versions of MySQL and MariaDB
  • An Overview of MariaDB Architecture
  • MySQL Server
  • MySQL Tools
  • MySQL Admin
  • Exercises: Using Client Programs

MySQL Workbench (4 topics)

  • Installation
  • Connecting
  • Screens
  • Exercises: Using MySQL Workbench

Obtaining Metadata (6 topics)

  • What is Metadata?
  • The mysqlshow Client Program
  • The SHOW and DESCRIBE Commands
  • The Information_Schema
  • Show Command and Information_Schema Differences
  • Exercises: Obtaining Information about MariaDB

MariaDB Server Installation and Configuration (9 topics)

  • MariaDB Distributions
  • Installing on Windows
  • Installing on Linux and UNIX
  • Starting and Stopping on Windows
  • Starting and Stopping on UNIX/Linux
  • Status Files
  • Upgrading the Server
  • Time Zone Tables
  • Exercises: Installing, stopping and starting

Configuring the Server (4 topics)

  • MariaDB Server Options and Variables
  • MariaDB Status Variables
  • Configuring MySQL Enterprise Audit
  • Exercises: Configuring the Server

SQL Modes, Log Files and Binary Logging (11 topics)

  • MySQL Error Messages
  • The SHOW Errors Statement
  • The SHOW Warnings Statement
  • SQL Modes
  • Note Messages
  • The PERROR Utility
  • The General Log
  • The Error Log
  • The Slow Query Log
  • The Binary Logs
  • Exercises: Interpreting Errors and Configuring the Logs

MariaDB Architecture (6 topics)

  • Client/Server Overview
  • Communication Protocols
  • The SQL Parser and Storage Engine Tiers
  • How MariaDB Uses Disk Space
  • How MariaDB Uses Memory
  • Exercises: Examining the Architecture

Transactions and Locking (4 topics)

  • Locking Concepts
  • Explicit Table Locking
  • Advisory Locking
  • Exercises: Locking

The Innodb Storage Engine (9 topics)

  • Introduction
  • Features of Innodb
  • Transactions
  • Referential Integrity
  • Physical Characteristics of Innodb Tables
  • System Tablespace Configuration
  • Log File and Buffer Configuration
  • Innodb Status
  • Exercises: Using the InnoDB Engine

Other Storage Engines (7 topics)

  • Introduction
  • The MYISAM Engine
  • The Merge Engine
  • Other Engines: Archive, Aria, Memory, Blackhole, CSV
  • Cluster Engine Overview
  • Overview of the ColumnStore, MyRocks and Spider Engines
  • Exercises: Using Storage Engines

Table Maintenance (8 topics)

  • Table Maintenance Operations
  • Check Table
  • Repair Table
  • Analyze Table
  • Optimize Table
  • MySQL Check
  • MyISAM Table Maintenance and Repair Utilities
  • Exercises: Maintaining Tables

Backup and Recovery (11 topics)

  • Designing a Backup and Recovery Strategy
  • The Advantages and Disadvantages of Different Backup Methods
  • Binary Backups of MYISAM Tables
  • Binary Backups of Innodb Tables
  • Recovery
  • Import and Export Operations
  • Exporting and Importing using SQL
  • Exporting from the Command Line using mysqldump
  • Importing from the Command Line using mysqlimport
  • Additional Backup Tools
  • Exercises: Backing Up and Recovery

User Management (10 topics)

  • Introduction
  • User Accounts
  • Creating Users
  • Renaming Users
  • Changing Passwords
  • Dropping Users
  • Granting Privileges
  • The User Table
  • Connection Validation
  • Exercises: Creating, Managing and Dropping Users

Privileges (7 topics)

  • Introduction
  • Types of Privileges
  • Revoking Privileges
  • Resource Limits
  • The MySQL Database
  • The Show Grants Command
  • Exercises: Granting and Revoking Privileges

Security and Upgrades (6 topics)

  • Signs of Poor Security
  • Security Risks
  • Users, Operating System, File System and Network Security
  • Using SSL With MySQL
  • Remote Connecting to the MySQL Server Using SSH
  • Exercises: Securing the Server

Tuning Queries (6 topics)

  • Tuning Overview
  • Identifying Candidates for Query Analysis
  • Using Explain to Analyze Queries
  • Meaning of Explain Output
  • Explain Extended
  • Exercises: Explaining and Tuning Queries

Tuning and Indexes (8 topics)

  • Indexes for Performance
  • Creating and Dropping Indexes
  • Obtaining Index Metadata
  • Indexing Principles
  • Indexing and Joins
  • Fulltext Indexes
  • MyISAM Index Caching
  • Exercises: Creating and Using Indexes

Tuning and Tables (5 topics)

  • General Table Optimizations
  • Myisam Specific Optimizations
  • Innodb Specific Optimizations
  • Other Engine Specific Optimizations
  • Exercises: Tuning Tables

Tuning the Server (5 topics)

  • Status Variables
  • Server Variables
  • Performance Schema Overview
  • The Query Cache
  • Exercises: Tuning the Server

The Event Scheduler (6 topics)

  • Event scheduler concepts
  • Event scheduler configuration
  • Creating, altering and dropping events
  • Event scheduler monitoring
  • Events and privileges
  • Exercises: Using the event scheduler

Partitioned Tables (6 topics)

  • Partitioned tables concepts
  • Obtaining Partitioned Table Metadata
  • Types of Partitioning
  • Subpartitioning
  • Maintenance of partitioned tables
  • Exercises: Using partitioned tables

Overview of Cluster Storage Engines (10 topics)

  • Overview of Clustering and Performance
  • NDBCluster Engine Overview
  • The Galera Cluster
  • The Percona XtraDB Cluster
  • MySQL InnoDB Cluster
  • The Federated Engine
  • The FederatedX Engine
  • Overview of Other High Availability Techniques
  • NOSQL and MemCached Overview
  • Features of Memcached with MySQL

Overview of High Availability (5 topics)

  • High Availability Goals
  • High Availability Concepts
  • Design for High Availability
  • Definition of Availability
  • High Availability Terminology

Configure Master Slave Replication (8 topics)

  • Replication Overview
  • When to Use Replication
  • Testing Replication
  • Excluding Databases or Tables from Replication
  • Example: Setting Up a Master Slave Replication
  • Replication Using GTIDs
  • Controlled Switchover
  • Exercises: Setting Up and Testing Replication and Switchover


A working knowledge of MariaDB is required. Delegates should have knowledge of relational database concepts; have knowledge of MySQL data types; be able run Queries using SQL; join tables and run basic DDL and DML statements. This can be gained by attendance on the Introduction to MariaDB course.

This course is run on a Linux operating system, a basic knowledge of UNIX/Linux is recommended but is not essential.

Additional Learning

The courses below may help you meet the knowledge level required to take this course.

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Different pricing structures are available including special offers. These include early bird, late availability, multi-place, corporate volume and self-funding rates. Please arrange a discussion with a training advisor to discover your most cost effective option.

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