MySQL Admin Cookbook LITE: Replication and Indexing

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  • Set up MySQL replication to manage load balancing, online back up, and fail-over scenarios
  • Create, modify, and delete indexes; also identify duplicate indexes to optimize your MySQL servers' performance
  • Set up automatically updated slaves
  • Estimate and limit your network and slave I/O load
  • Check that your servers are in sync to improve communication
  • Learn about primary keys
  • Speed up your searches for sub-domains

MySQL is the most popular open-source database and is also known for its easy set up feature. However, proper configuration beyond the default settings remains a challenge, along with day-to-day maintenance tasks such as indexing and replication. These tasks have not been covered thoroughly in the default documentation.

This MySQL Admin Cookbook LITE covers two key aspects of MySQL administration in detail; replication, which will allow you to organize your database more efficiently, and indexing, which enables you to access information even in the deepest, darkest depths of your largest databases.

All of the recipes are based on real-world experience which were derived from proven solutions used in an enterprise environment.

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  • Set up MySQL to perform administrative tasks such as replication and indexing
  • Balance server loads across multiple machines, ease backups and much more with replication 
  • Allow for rapid and efficient access across your database with indexing
  • Part of Packt's Cookbook series: Each recipe is a carefully organized sequence of instructions to complete the task as efficiently as possible
Page Count 104
Course Length 3 hours 7 minutes
ISBN 9781849516143
Date Of Publication 12 May 2011


Daniel Schneller

Daniel Schneller works as a software developer, database administrator, and general IT professional for an independent software vendor in the retail sector. After successfully graduating from the University of Cooperative Education in Heidenheim, Germany with a degree in Business Computer Science, he started his career as a professional software developer, focused on the Microsoft technology stack. In 2002 he started focusing on enterprise-level Java development and has since gained extensive knowledge and experience implementing large scale systems based on Java EE and relational databases, especially MySQL since version 4.0.

Currently he is mostly involved with the ongoing development of framework-level functionality, including customization and extension of an ORM-based persistence layer. He is involved in different open source projects such as FindBugs, Eclipse, and Checkstyle and infrequently blogs about Java, MySQL, Windows, Linux and other insanities at

Udo Schwedt

Udo Schwedt is head of the Java architecture team and deputy head of the Java development department at the IT service provider for Germany's market leader in the Do-It-Yourself sector. After finishing his studies at RWTH Aachen, Germany with a degree in Computer Science, he started his career as a professional Java developer in a leading software company in the banking sector. In 2003, he joined his current company as a framework developer, subsequently taking the role of a lead architect.

Both authors are involved in a large scale international software project, which encompasses development of a Java-based merchandise management software solution. This decentralized multi-platform environment is based on more than 500 decentralized MySQL server instances with more than 5,500 replication slaves. Daniel and Udo are responsible for configuration and management of this infrastructure.