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All over the internet I can find manuals on how to replicate databases from master(s) to slaves.

What I need is to continuously keep a copy of table from 5 different servers in sync.

We have one application running at 5 locations. We need to have a copy of the system_log table from every one of those 5 servers always in sync on one new server at our 'headquarters'.

What is the best way to achieve this without using custom scripts?

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I have a possible solution for this that can be implemented without any 3rd party tools... but it would help me to know whether you need all of the "system_log" records from the multiple sites to converge into the same table on the central master? Or would separate tables on the central master (one from each site) also work? – Michael - sqlbot Sep 28 '12 at 19:54

Sorry. If you are trying to have many Masters and one Slave -- that is not supported. (Some third party addons may have such.) It is better to have the 5 servers all write to the 'headquarters' Master. Network latencies are probably not a serious problem.

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I would recommend looking at circular replication, where all servers are connected in a ring, and each server is slave to previous and master to the next, so any change in 1 replicates all the way through the ring. I've used this at my work to link 3 servers (one external webserver, 1 internal US wamp server, 1 Asian office wamp server). It was fairly easy to set up and the only problems I've had was when the asian office was not reachable for 2 whole days due to widespread internet outage in the area. As soon as it came back up, the replication resumed.

These 2 links were particularly helpful for me:

as was the replication chapter of High Performance MySQL: Optimization, Backups, and Replication, which also had some different replication schemes you might find interesting if circular is not suited for your needs.

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Maybe, you can write in master server the data and replicate to the 5 slaves. In central node you write 'system_log' and mysql reply your data to slaves servers.

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