#DBHangOps 10/15/15 -- Being a newbie DBA, War stories, and more!
Join in #DBHangOps this Thursday, October, 15, 2015 at 11:00am pacific (18:00 GMT), to participate in the discussion about:
- What advice and resources would you give a newbie DBA
- What's on your monitoring dashboard?
- War stories
You can check out the event page at https://plus.google.com/events/cm0vnu6enkekcf4e163d09tsm6o on Thursday to participate.
As always, you can still watch the #DBHangOps twitter search, the @DBHangOps twitter feed, or this blog post to get a link for the google hangout on Thursday!
See all of you on Thursday!
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New DBA Advice and Resources
- Find some sort of training training course to go to for at least a day!
- Great opportunity to ask a lot of questions and get shared experiences with other students/attendees
- Oracle prepares and offers various training curriculums
- Performance and Tuning training
- Read the High Performance MySQL book!
- A few high level approaches:
- supply reading for the person
- put them into a staging environment to start to learn
- throw them into production with easier tasks and get started
- E.g. moving some replication around for the first time
- Start messing around with MySQL Sandbox
- Find a nearby MySQL Meetup!
- A good way to learn things is to answer question on MySQL discussion forums
- Also StackOverflow
- #mysql on freenode
- This is also a good medium to learn to be specific about things at certain times
- E.g. 5 years ago, Full text indexes only worked in MyISAM. People may be correcting posts that say that these days... :)
- A good order to learn things
- Understanding backups
- If the data isn't there...you won't have a job
- Understand the reasons for backups and why
- Figure out how the data is backed up and if it's backed up properly
- Understand how to restore them
- Backups are important because hardware fails and people and applications make "mistakes"
- The wrong records may be changed in yoru dataset and you'll need the old version of that data
- Understand how to bootstrap a read replica
- Understand how to move replication
- Performance and Tuning
- Understanding how queries work and how data is fetched
- Understanding how JOINS and subqueries work
- Getting familiar with the queries working in your schema (use pt-query-digest, PERFORMANCE_SCHEMA, etc.)
- How important is normalization?
- Having a good foundational knowledge of this informs decisions on reducing data size and making performant access to data
- Understanding where referential integrity needs to be managed
- A DBA should be familiar with 1NF, 2NF, and 3NF. Beyond that it starts to get academic and not as performant.
- Open planet.mysql.com and check out some of the blog posts there
- This might be a little noisy, but always worth a look
- MySQL 101 track at Percona Live was started last year
- Very good set of sessions for beginners to participate in
- Accidentally dropped a column instead of an Index....woops!
- Accidentally changed the Linux user ID of the MySQL data directory while mysql was running....woops!
- Trying to hot swap an active master in a Master<->Master setup
- Added another master to make a circular replication ring
- Pulled out the old server and wrapped up for the night
- Next morning it appeared that a server_id from a server not in the replication topology was looping between the 2 active masters
- These statements replicated for a few hours over and over
- The statement was incrementing in-game currency for a player infinitely... :)
- A field was an unsigned int and some code kept decrementing until the data went from 0 to a max int
- Suffice to say...the leaderboard this field populated looked very weird the next day
- Cloned a read replica with the same server_id