October 23, 2014

MySQL on Windows: A survival guide for Linux-based DBAs

Next week, on Nov. 6, I will be delivering a webinar about running MySQL on Windows, with a strong focus on Linux-based sysadmins and DBAs – and how not to go crazy in the process. An interesting (and challenging!) part of working for Percona is that you never know what kind of setup a customer […]

Percona XtraBackup 1.6 for Windows “try me” edition

Previously we had XtraBackup Windows binaries for 1.0 and 1.2 releases, and they were based on Cygwin compilation of MySQL. After MySQL 5.5 moved to CMake, and cygwin compilation is not supported anymore, it took some efforts for us to come up with native Windows builds, but they are there already. We consider them “alpha” […]

Why did we develop percona-agent in Go?

We recently open-sourced our percona-agent and if you check out the source code, you’ll find that it is written in the Go programming language (aka Golang). For those not up to speed, the percona-agent is a real-time client-side agent for Percona Cloud Tools. Our requirements are quite demanding for our agents. This one is software that works […]

How to find bugs in MySQL

Finding bugs in MySQL is not only fun, it’s also something I have been doing the last four years of my life. Whether you want to become the next Shane Bester (who is generally considered the most skilled MySQL bug hunter worldwide), or just want to prove you can outsmart some of the world’s best […]

Getting Percona PAM to work with Percona Server & its client apps

Percona Server is bundled with the PAM plugin which opens a plethora of ways to authenticate to MySQL such as restricting time when users can connect to MySQL, authenticate via a USB key, authenticate to an external authentication system such as LDAP and many, many more PAM compatible mechanisms. If you want to use PAM […]

Can you really be Bias free ?

When we started Percona about 7 years ago one of the ideas behind the business was to provide customer focused services, which I refereed to as “bias free” at the time. What do I mean by customer focused services ? Is not this something most of the company out there would claim ? Not in […]

Percona Toolkit for MySQL Webinar Followup Questions

I didn’t have time to answer all of the questions during Wednesday’s MySQL webinar, “5 Percona Toolkit Tools That Could Save Your Day,” but as promised, here are all of the questions and my answers. (A recording is available here.) Q: One of the links to download the Percona Toolkit for MySQL (percona.com/get/percona-toolkit.tgz) doesn’t work! A: […]

Percona Server on the Raspberry Pi: Your own MySQL Database Server for Under $80

There are many reasons for wanting a small MySQL database server: You’re a uni student who wants to learn the SQL language better and needs a mini-testbox You’re a Windows user who wants to play around with Percona Server on Linux You’re a corporate application developer who wants a small SQL development & test box […]

How to use a smartphone for two-factor authentication with Percona Server for MySQL

In this post I will describe a non-trivial way to authenticate users in Percona Sever for MySQL. Percona Server comes with PAM authentication plugin, which allows you to do a lot of cool things, such as: OS authentication, LDAP authentication, even RSA Secure Server authentication (which is useful if you are required a PCI-compliance), and […]

Quickly finding unused indexes (and estimating their size)

I had a customer recently who needed to reduce their database size on disk quickly without a lot of messy schema redesign and application recoding.  They didn’t want to drop any actual data, and their index usage was fairly high, so we decided to look for unused indexes that could be removed. Collecting data It’s […]