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We are planning to upgrade from MySQL 5.6 to 8.0 and are considering disaster recovery plans. We have three separate databases within our MySQL 5.6 instance which are 200Gb, 170GB and roughly 9GB. Here are a few that come to mind. If anyone has any suggestions or comments, please let me know:

  1. Image the VM which the MySQL instance runs on to backup the MySQL configuration files and .ibd files
  2. Backup MySQL configuration files and .ibd/.frm files. If issues are to appear during the upgrade process we can revert the installation files via yum, install 5.6 again and copy back the configuration and .ibd/.frm files. Is this bad practice?
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DO NOT DO #1 AS STATED! -- There are several vital files you have left out. Capturing the entire mysql tree, plus my.cnf, would suffice.

And #2 is no better!

Without ibdata1, you have lost everything.

  • Hi Rick. Thanks for taking the time to answer. In regard to #1, I was talking about imaging the entire VM which MySQL runs on; therefore, backing up all files MySQL could possibly be using. We would simply revert to the snapshot taken before the upgrade process if shit were hit the fan. In regard to #2, thanks for mentioning this. If you were to accomplish #2, what directories would you need to back up? Or would you not recommend doing this at all if it's error prone. Thanks again for the response. – m1s4mike Jun 27 '18 at 17:00
  • That's different. Yes, backing up the entire VM should be viable. The minimum is everything under the upper mysql directory, plus my.cnf. Be sure to test it. – Rick James Jun 27 '18 at 18:45
  • Cool. Sounds good. I'm surprised there aren't tools out there to archive an entire MySQL instance(including the information_schema, etc) for cases like this where you are upgrading and want to prepare for disaster recovery. – m1s4mike Jun 27 '18 at 19:19
  • @m1s4mike You may wish to look at this URL mysqlserverteam.com/inplace-upgrade-from-mysql-5-7-to-mysql-8-0 this refers to UPGRADE CHECKER for checking 5.7. From 5.6 to 8.0 would be a real leap. This URL may be helpful for you lefred.be/content/… 06/18 from Dupral 5.nnn something to 8.0 - not supported but may have a glimmer of hope. – Wilson Hauck Jun 28 '18 at 1:02

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