FastTrack to MariaDB Database Administration

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This FastTrack to MariaDB Database Administration course is designed for Database Administrators who already have substantial experience in the administration of another relational database management system such as Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server.

The course provides practical experience in setting up and maintaining a MariaDB database server, including backing up, recovery, configuration and tuning.


The delegate will learn and acquire skills as follows:

  • Using Client Programs for MySQL DBA work
  • Using MySQL Workbench
  • Obtaining metadata
  • Configuring the MariaDB 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
  • Maintaining Tables
  • 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
  • Setting up a simple replication topology

Target Audience

Database Administrators, Database Developers and Technical Consultants with substantial experience of an alternative relational database management system who now need to administer, monitor and support MariaDB or MySQL databases and servers.

Additional Information

  • 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 MariaDB and MySQL
  • 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 MySQL

MariaDB Server Installation and Configuration (9 topics)

  • MySQL 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 (5 topics)

  • MySQL Server Options and Variables
  • MySQL Status Variables
  • Configuring MariaDB Audit Plugin
  • 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

MySQL Architecture (6 topics)

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

Transactions and Locking (4 topics)

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

The Innodb 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 (11 topics)

  • MyISAM Engine
  • Merge Engine
  • Archive Engine
  • Memory Engine
  • Blackhole Engine
  • CSV Engine
  • The Spider Engine
  • The ColumnStore Engine
  • The MyRocks Engine
  • Mixing Storage Engines
  • Exercises: Storage Engine Performance

Table Maintenance (8 topics)

  • Table Maintenance Operations
  • Check Table
  • Repair Table
  • Analyze Table
  • Optimize Table
  • MariaDB 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 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 Upgrading (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 Clustering and Performance (10 topics)

  • Advantages Performance Advantages of Clustering
  • Performance Issues and Clustering
  • The NDBCluster Engine
  • The Galera Cluster
  • The Percona XtraDB Cluster
  • MySQL InnoDB Cluster
  • The Federated Engine
  • The FederatedX Engine
  • Overview of Other High Availability Techniques
  • NOSQL and Mencached Overview

Overview of Replication (12 topics)

  • Replication Overview
  • When To Use Replication
  • Testing Replication
  • Monitoring and Troubleshooting Replication
  • Files and Threads Involved in Replication
  • Excluding Databases or Tables From Replication
  • Complex Replication Topologies
  • Example: Setting Up a Master Slave Replication
  • Replication Using GTIDs
  • MySQL Replication Utilities
  • Controlled Switchover
  • Exercises: Setting Up and Testing Replication


Substantial experience of administering a relational database management system such as Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server is required. This course is not suitable for delegates who only have experience with Microsoft Access.

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

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