MySQL for Database Administrators (SQL4502)

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The MySQL for Database Administrators course is the cornerstone curriculum for MySQL Database Administrators and Developers who want to use this powerful relational database. In this course students will benefit from learning how to secure users privileges, set resource limitations, access controls and describe backup and recovery basics. Students will also learn how to create and use stored procedures, triggers and views

At Course Completion:

After completing this course, students should have learn how to:

•Describe the MySQL Architecture
•Install and Upgrade MySQL
•Use the INFORMATION_SCHEMA database to access metadata
•Perform the MySQL start and shutdown operations
•Configure MySQL server options at runtime
•Evaluate data types and character sets for performance issues
•Understand data locking in MySQL
•Understand the use of the InnoDB storage engine with MySQL
•Maintain integrity of a MySQL installation
•Use triggers for administration tasks
•Understand views
•Describe introductory performance tuning techniques
•Perform backup and restore operations

Who Should Attend:

This course is intended for:

•Database Administrators


•MySQL Overview, Products, Services
•MySQL Services and Support
•Supported Operating Services
•MySQL Certification Program
•Training Curriculum Paths
•MySQL Documentation Resources

MySQL Architecture

•Describe the client/server model
•Understand communication protocols
•Understand how the server supports storage engines
•Explain the basics of how MySQL uses memory and disk space

System Administration

•Choose between types of MySQL distributions
•Install the MySQL Server
•Describe the MySQL Server installation file structure
•Start and stop the MySQL server
•Upgrade MySQL
•Run multiple MySQL servers on a single host

Server Configuration

•Set up MySQL server configuration files
•Explain the purpose of dynamic server variables
•Review the server status variables available
•Configure operational characteristics of the MySQL server
•Describe the available log files
•Explain binary logging

Clients and Tools

•Describe the available clients for administrative tasks
•Use MySQL administrative clients
•Use the mysql command line clients
•Use the mysqladmin for administrative tasks
•Describe available MySQL tools
•List the available APIs (drivers and connectors)

Data Types

•Describe the major categories of data types
•Explain the meaning of NULL
•Describe column attributes
•Explain character set usage with data types
•Choose an appropriate data type

Obtaining Metadata

•List the various metadata access methods available
•Recognize the structure of the INFORMATION_SCHEMA database schema
•Use the available commands to view metadata
•Describe differences between SHOW statements and INFORMATION_SCHEMA tables
•Use the mysqlshow client program
•Use INFORMATION_SCHEMA to create shell commands and SQL statements

Transaction and Locking

•Use transaction control statement to run multiple SQL statements concurrently
•Explain the ACID properties
•Describe the transaction isolation levels
•Use locking to protect transactions

InnoDB Storage Engine

•Describe the InnoDB storage engine
•Set the storage engine to InnoDB
•Illustrate the InnoDB tablespace storage system
•Efficiently configure the tablespace
•Use foreign keys to attain referential integrity
•Explain InnoDB locking

Other Storage Engines

•Explain the general purpose of storage engines in MySQL
•List the storage engines available for MySQL
•Describe the key features of the MyISAM storage engine
•Describe the key features of the MEMORY storage engine
•Give an overview of other storage engines: FEDERATED, ARCHIVE, BLACKHOLE, NDBCLUSTER
•Choose an appropriate storage engine


•Define partitioning and its particular use in MySQL
•Determine server partitioning support
•List the reasons for using partitioning
•Explain the types of partitioning
•Create partitioned tables
•Describe subpartitioning
•Obtain partitioning metadata
•Use partitioning to improve performance

User Management

•Depict the user connection and query process
•List requirements for user authentication
•Use SHOW PROCESSLIST to show which threads are running
•Create, modify and drop user accounts
•List requirements for user authorization
•Describe the levels of access privileges for users
•List the types of privileges
•Grant, modify and revoke user privileges


•Recognize common security risks
•Describe security risks specific to the MySQL installation
•List security problems and counter-measures for network, operating system, filesystem and users
•Protect your data
•Use SSL for secure MySQL server connections
•Explain how SSH enables a secure remote connection to the MySQL server
•Find additional information for common security issues

Table Maintenance

•Recognize types of table maintenance operations
•Execute SQL statements for table maintenance
•Client and utility programs for table maintenance
•Maintain tables according to specific storage engines

Exporting and Importing Data

•Exporting Data using SQL
•Importing Data using SQL

Programming Inside MySQL

•Creating and executing Stored Routines
•Describing stored routine execution security
•Creating and executing triggers
•Creating, altering and dropping events
•Explaining even execution scheduling


•Defining views
•Reasons to use views
•Altering, checking and removing a view
•Setting privileges for views

MySQL Backup and Recovery

•Describing backup basics
•Types of backups
•Backup tools and utilities
•Making binary and text backups
•Role of log and status files in backups
•Data Recovery

Introduction to Replication

•Describing MySQL Replication
•Managing the MySQL Binary Log
•Explaining MySQL replication threads and files
•Setting up a MySQL Replication Environment
•Monitoring MySQL Replication
•Troubleshooting MySQL Replication

Introduction to Performance Tuning

•Using EXPLAIN to Analyze Queries
•General Table Optimizations
•Monitoring status variables that affect performance
•Setting and Interpreting MySQL server Variables


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