Create a Cloud Backup with MySQL Enterprise Backup

December 10, 2020
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Cloud from above by Olivier DASINI

MySQL Enterprise Edition customers have access to MySQL Enterprise Backup.

MySQL Enterprise Backup provides enterprise-grade backup and recovery for MySQL. It delivers hot, online, non-blocking backups on multiple platforms including Linux, Windows, Mac & Solaris.

Cloud backup is a strategy increasingly used in organizations. Send copies of your data to the cloud, can help you to prevent a devastating IT crisis and ensure business continuity.

Currently, MySQL Enterprise Backup supports the following types of cloud storage services:

In this blog post I will use the OCI object storage, for obvious reasons 🙂 and also because it’s probably the best feature/price ratio choice.

Create a pre-authenticated request for a bucket

First we must create an OCI Pre-Authenticated Request (PAR) for a bucket.

Pre-authenticated requests provide a way to let users access a bucket or an object without having their own credentials, as long as the request creator has permissions to access those objects.

You can create, delete, or list pre-authenticated requests using the Console, using the CLI, or by using an SDK to access the API.
Click here to see how to create a PAR.

If you use the console, you’ll have something like:

OCI Pre-Authenticated Requests by Olivier DASINI

My Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Pre-Authenticated Request name is : MEB-par-bucket-20201203-1612

OCI Pre-Authenticated Requests by Olivier DASINI

An URL is generated. It is very important to save it!
We’ll use it with MySQL Enterprise Backup.

I can also see my list of PARs in the console:

OCI Pre-Authenticated Requests by Olivier DASINI

Create a Cloud Backup on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Object Storage

I’m using MySQL Enterprise Backup 8.0.22.
The extra options to backup your data into OCI Object Storage are:

cloud-service : Cloud service for data backup or restoration.
Currently, there are 3 types of cloud storage services supported by mysqlbackup, represented by the following values for the option:

  • OCI: Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Object Storage
  • openstack: OpenStack Swift or compatible object storage services
  • S3: Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) or compatible storage service.

cloud-object : The storage object for the backup image.
Note that names of objects within the same bucket have to be unique.

cloud-par-url : The Pre-Authenticated Request (PAR) URL for OCI Object Storage.
For a backup to OCI Object Storage, it is the PAR URL for the storage bucket; for restore and other operations on an object stored on OCI, it is the PAR URL for the object.

Click here to find the complete list of cloud storage options (OCI, Amazon S3 & OpenStack Swift options).

In this article the values of these options are:

  • cloud-service=OCI
  • cloud-par-url=<…snip…>_bucket-20200908-1001/o/
  • cloud-object=myBck_20201203-1600.mbi

I assume your already know what to do before the first backup.

Let’s create the backup then:

Don’t forget the value “” (dash) for backup-image parameter:

The backup is now completed and stored on the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure object storage bucket.

OCI Pre-Authenticated Requests by Olivier DASINI

Restore a Backup from Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Again, a Pre-Authenticated Request (PAR) URL for OCI Object Storage will be used.
This time we will use a PAR on an object with Read PAR privileges created before the restoration.

Using the console, after selecting my Bucket, I create a pre-authenticated request for an object:

OCI Pre-Authenticated Requests by Olivier DASINI

The PAR target is Object
My object name is myBck_20201203-1600.mbi
An read only access type is sufficient : Access Type: Permit reads on the object

Et voilà!
My PAR is created

OCI Pre-Authenticated Requests by Olivier DASINI

An URL is generated. It is very important to save it!
We’ll use it with MySQL Enterprise Backup.

Now we have all that is needed to restore with MySQL Enterprise Backup.

I assuming you already now how to restore a MySQL instance with MEB.

Thus in our context, to restore a single-file backup from an OCI Object Storage to a MySQL Server, we will use:

The restore is now completed.

As a side note, if you want to see the 4 warnings, take a look at the MEB logfile, located in the –backup-dir, meb-tmp in this article:

Nothing really serious in this context.
If you need more information, please click here.

The rest of the story is classic, restart your MySQL instance and you good to go 🙂

One more thing to know and to keep in mind, is that a cloud backup always uses one write thread.
In clear backup & restore duration could be much longer than for a local operation.

However, it is a good practice, when possible, to keep a local copy of the backup file.

It is usually easier and much faster to recover from a local location.

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