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What is MySQL?

MySQL is an open source relational database. MySQL is cross platform which means it runs on a number of different platforms such as Windows, Linux, and Mac OS etc.

Why use MySQL?

There are a number of relational database management systems on the market.

Examples of relational databases include Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Access, Oracle, DB2 etc.

One may ask why we would choose MySQL over the other database management systems.

The answer to this question depends on a number of factors. 

Let’s look at the strengths of MySQL compared to over relational databases such as SQL Server

  • MySQL supports multiple storage engines each with its own specifications while other systems like SQL server only support a single storage engine. In order to appreciate this statement, let’s look at two of the storage engines supported by MySQL.
  • InnoDB: – its default storage engine provided with MySQL as of version 5.5. InnoDB supports foreign keys for referential integrity and also supports ACID-standard transactions.
  • MyISAM: – it was the default storage engine for MySQL prior to version 5.5. MyISAM lacks support for transactions. Its advantages over InnoDB include simplicity and high performance.
  • MySQL has high performance compared to other relation database systems. This is due to its simplicity in design and support for multiple-storage engines.
  • Cost effective, it’s relatively cheaper in terms of cost when compared to other relational databases. In fact, the community edition is free. The commercial edition has a licensing fee which is also cost effective compared to licensing fees for products such as Microsoft SQL Server.
  • Cross platform – MySQL works on many platforms which means it can be deployed on most machines. Other systems such as MS SQL Server only run on the windows platform.

In order to interact with MySQL, you will need a server access tool that can communicate with MySQL server. MySQL supports multiple user connections.

What is MySQL Workbench?

MySQL WORKBENCH is a Visual database designing and modeling access tool for MySQL server relational database. It facilitates creation of new physical data models and modification of existing MySQL databases with reverse/forward engineering and change management functions. The purpose of MySQL workbench is to provide the interface to work with databases more easily and in a more structured way.

MySQL Workbench

Getting Started MySQL workbench- Modeling and Design tool

  • Models are at the core of most valid and high performance databases. MySQLworkbench has tools that allow developers and database administrators visually create physical database design models that can be easily translated into MySQL databases using forward engineering.
  • MySQL workbench supports creation of multiple models in the same environment.
  • It supports all objects such as tables, views, stored procedures, triggers,  etc. that make up a database.
  • MySQL workbench has a built in model validating utility that reports any issues that might be found to the data modeler.
  • It also allows for different modeling notations and can be extended by using LUA a scripting language.

The figure shown below shows the modeling window for MySQLWorkbench.

MySQL Workbench Tutorial & MySQL Introduction

MySQL workbench – SQL development tool

Structured Query Language (SQL) allows us to manipulate our relational databases. SQL is at the heart of all relational databases.

  • MySQLworkbench, has built in SQL visual editor.
  • The Visual SQL editor allows developers to build, edit and run queries against MySQL server databases. It has utilities for viewing data and exporting it.
  • Its syntax color highlighters help developers easily write and debug SQL statements.
  • Multiple queries can be run and results automatically displayed in different tabs.
  • The queries are also saved in the history panel for later retrieval and running.

The figure shown below shows the SQL development window for MySQL Workbench.

MySQL Workbench Tutorial & MySQL Introduction

MySQL workbench – Administration tool

Server administration plays a critical role in securing the data of the company. The major issues concerning server administration are users’ management, server configuration, server logs and many more. Workbench MySQL has the following features that simplify the process of MySQL server administration;

  • User administration – visual utility for managing users that lets database administrators easily add new and remove existing users if need arises, grant and drop privileges and view user profiles.
  • Server configuration – allows for advanced configuration of the server and fine tuning for optimal performance.
  • Database backup and restorations – visual tool for exporting/importing MySQL dump files. MySQL dump files contain SQL scripts for creating databases, tables, views, stored procedures and insertion of data.
  • Server logs – visual tool for viewing MySQL server logs. The logs include error logs, binary logs and InnodDB logs. These logs come in handy when performing diagnosis on the server. The figure shown below shows the modeling window for MySQL Workbench.

The figure shown below shows  the Admin panel for Workbench MySQL .

MySQL Workbench Tutorial & MySQL Introduction


Install MySQL workbench Guide(for Windows)

This is a 2 step process

1)      Install MySQL Community Server

2)      Install MySQL workbench. – You can install the workbench using a zip file or an msi installer (recommended)

Note: You will require Administrator or Power User Privileges to perform installation.

Getting Started

Once you have finished installing above you need to set up MySQL Workbench as shown below –

1.    First step is launching the Workbench MySQL . What you see is called Home Window

MySQL Workbench Tutorial & MySQL Introduction


2. Next you need to create your MySQL Server Connection which contains details about target database server including how to connect to it. Click ” +  “ in MySQL Workbench Home Window. This will open Setup New Connection . Wizard

MySQL Workbench Tutorial & MySQL Introduction


3. As a beginner you can create a connection for a locally installed server. Click Configure Server Management button in  Setup New Connection window to check the cofiguration of the MySQL server.

MySQL Workbench Tutorial & MySQL Introduction

4. A new window opens named Configure Local Management . Click Next button to continue.

MySQL Workbench Tutorial & MySQL Introduction

5. Next the Wizard will test connections to database. If test fails, go back and correct database connection parameters.5. Next it will open a pop up window asking your root password to test your connection with the local mysql server instance. The password is the one you set during installation of MySQL Workbench. Enter your password and press OK

MySQL Workbench Tutorial & MySQL Introduction

6. Next the Wizard will test connections to database. If test fails, go back and correct database connection parameters. Else if all tests are sucessful click Next to continue.

MySQL Workbench Tutorial & MySQL Introduction

7. After that a new wizard will open about Local Service Management – It lets you switch between multiple mysql severs installed on one machines. As a beginner you can bypass this and click Next  to continue.

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8. The Wizard will then check ability to access MySQL Server Configuration File, and test start/stop commands.

MySQL Workbench Tutorial & MySQL Introduction

9. Next you can review current configurations. After reviewing the configurations, Click Finish to finsh server cofiguration

MySQL Workbench Tutorial & MySQL Introduction

10. Next Step is to setup a connection, which can be used to connect to server. If you have not created a connection already, you can use the default values given. Click on Test Connection [ 2 ] after entering the Connection Name [ 1 ].

MySQL Workbench Tutorial & MySQL Introduction

11. A new dialog box will open asking you password to root/selected user. If your MySQL root user has a password, you can enter that using Store in Vault feature. Click OK.

MySQL Workbench Tutorial & MySQL Introduction

If the entered password for the user is correct then the following screen will show. Click on both OK buttons and you will be good to go.

MySQL Workbench Tutorial & MySQL Introduction

A new instance is shown in the homepage

MySQL Workbench Tutorial & MySQL Introduction

Double click and start querying.

A leading provider of application and server management solutions, today announced SQL Page Viewer, a free tool that allows database administrators (DBAs) to easily view page data in one click to improve troubleshooting, gain insight into how SQL Server data is stored, and more easily navigate across pages. The solution is IDERA’s latest free offering, reflecting the company’s broad support for the SQL community, which also includes the community.idera forum where users gather to discuss ideas and share feedback directly with the IDERA product development team.

“We have extensive DBA expertise across the company and are honored to give back to the SQL community with easy-to-use tools that address many of the most common database challenges,” said Josh Stephens, vice president of product strategy at IDERA. “Our library of free tools, whitepapers, community site and free educational activities are incredible resources for DBAs around the world and offer technical solutions and best practices that enable them to deliver real value to their organizations.”

All of IDERA’s free tools solve specific pain points experienced by DBAs and are easy to deploy and use at no cost. Tools like SQL Page Viewer are perfect solutions for DBAs who are new to the trade or do not yet have the budget or need for more comprehensive solutions.

In addition to supporting the SQL community with free tools and a community for professionals to share ideas, IDERA frequently sponsors SQL User Group events and SQL Saturdays. These events enable IDERA to support free technical sessions and training for thousands of SQL Server professionals worldwide and allow customers to give in-person feedback to IDERA’s product team.

Argenis Without Borders, a grassroots effort to raise money for Doctors Without Borders, is one of many organizations that have benefited from IDERA’s support of the SQL community.

“We were blown away by the enthusiasm and support from the SQL community when we began our fundraising effort for Doctors Without Borders,” said Kirsten Benzel, co-organizer of Argenis Without Borders. “Many caring individuals in the SQL Family were quick to jump in and donate and participate. When IDERA offered to support us as well, we were very excited for the additional exposure. This entire experience has been an incredible testament to how much people and corporations care about the members of this community.”

IDERA will showcase SQL Page Viewer and other SQL products at PASS Summit 2014 in Seattle, WA in booth #225. PASS Summit 2014 is being held November 4-7, 2014 at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center.

Stop digging through confusing DBCC Page output to troubleshoot SQL Server issues. With a single click, SQL Page Viewer gives you quick insight into how the SQL Server data is stored. Get the page level data you need to quickly diagnose locking, blocking or wait events caused by a given table, index or corrupted data.

  • Displays page level data summary and detail information
  • Elegant GUI design for fast access in 1 click
  • Select any SQL server and database table
  • Navigate to any page data quickly in a tree view
  • Launch directly within SSMS for optimal usability

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Publisher Description

Find SQL Server page data: Displays page-level data summary and detail information. Elegant GUI design for fast access in a single click. Select any SQL Server and database table. Navigate to any page data quickly in a tree view. Launch directly within SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) for optimal usability. Stop digging through complex database console commands (DBCC) page output to troubleshoot SQL Server issues. With a single click, SQL Page Viewer gives you quick insight into how the SQL Server data is stored. Get the page level data you need to quickly diagnose locking, blocking or wait events caused by a given table, index or corrupted data. View page level data at a glance: See page level data in both a summary and detail information view to gain insight into the internals of how the SQL Server data is stored.

Select any SQL Server and database table. Navigate to any page quickly using the tree view. Elegant design and ease of use: Download and install in a few minutes. Clean, simple UI offers the ability for users to see page data quickly in a single click to help troubleshoot issues. Find the page data you need without worrying about cryptic trace flags and database console commands (DBCC) parameters. Integrates with SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS): Designed to launch directly within SQL Server Management Studio for optimal usability and efficient workflow. Use cases: Use this tool for a variety of diagnostic and analysis purposes including: Need to look up a page number referenced in information from diagnosing a locking, blocking, or wait type event. Troubleshoot database issues where you only have page information to go on. Want to learn more about a table, index, or potentially corrupted data on a page. See what the database engine is doing with data and index pages when certain database actions occur.

Pages and Extents Architecture Guide

The page is the fundamental unit of data storage in SQL Server. An extent is a collection of eight physically contiguous pages. Extents help efficiently manage pages. This guide describes the data structures that are used to manage pages and extents in all versions of SQL Server. Understanding the architecture of pages and extents is important for designing and developing databases that perform efficiently.

Pages and Extents

The fundamental unit of data storage in SQL Server is the page. The disk space allocated to a data file (.mdf or .ndf) in a database is logically divided into pages numbered contiguously from 0 to n. Disk I/O operations are performed at the page level. That is, SQL Server reads or writes whole data pages.

Extents are a collection of eight physically contiguous pages and are used to efficiently manage the pages. All pages are organized into extents.


Take a regular book: all content in it is written on pages. Similar to a book, in SQL Server all the data rows are written on pages. In a book, all pages are the same physical size. Similarly, in SQL Server all data pages are the same size – 8 kilobytes. In a book most pages contain the data – the main content of the book – and some pages contain metadata about the content – for example table of contents and index. Again, SQL Server is not different: most pages contain actual rows of data which were stored by users; these are called Data pages and text/image pages (for special cases). The Index pages contain index references about where the data is and finally there are system pages that store variety of metadata about the organization of the data (PFS, GAM, SGAM, IAM, DCM, BCM pages). See table below for page types and their description.

As mentioned, in SQL Server, the page size is 8-KB. This means SQL Server databases have 128 pages per megabyte. Each page begins with a 96-byte header that is used to store system information about the page. This information includes the page number, page type, the amount of free space on the page, and the allocation unit ID of the object that owns the page.

The following table shows the page types used in the data files of a SQL Server database.

Page type Contents
Data Data rows with all data, except text, ntext, image, nvarchar(max), varchar(max), varbinary(max), and xml data, when text in row is set to ON.
Index Index entries.
Text/Image Large object data types: (text, ntext, image, nvarchar(max), varchar(max), varbinary(max), and xml data)
Variable length columns when the data row exceeds 8 KB: (varchar, nvarchar, varbinary, and sql_variant)
Global Allocation Map, Shared Global Allocation Map Information about whether extents are allocated.
Page Free Space (PFS) Information about page allocation and free space available on pages.
Index Allocation Map Information about extents used by a table or index per allocation unit.
Bulk Changed Map Information about extents modified by bulk operations since the last BACKUP LOG statement per allocation unit.
Differential Changed Map Information about extents that have changed since the last BACKUP DATABASE statement per allocation unit.


Log files do not contain pages; they contain a series of log records.

Data rows are put on the page serially, starting immediately after the header. A row offset table starts at the end of the page, and each row offset table contains one entry for each row on the page. Each row offset entry records how far the first byte of the row is from the start of the page. Thus, the function of the row offset table is to help SQL Server locate rows on a page very quickly. The entries in the row offset table are in reverse sequence from the sequence of the rows on the page.


Large Row Support

Rows cannot span pages, however portions of the row may be moved off the row’s page so that the row can actually be very large. The maximum amount of data and overhead that is contained in a single row on a page is 8,060 bytes (8-KB). However, this does not include the data stored in the Text/Image page type.

This restriction is relaxed for tables that contain varchar, nvarchar, varbinary, or sql_variant columns. When the total row size of all fixed and variable columns in a table exceeds the 8,060-byte limitation, SQL Server dynamically moves one or more variable length columns to pages in the ROW_OVERFLOW_DATA allocation unit, starting with the column with the largest width.

This is done whenever an insert or update operation increases the total size of the row beyond the 8,060-byte limit. When a column is moved to a page in the ROW_OVERFLOW_DATA allocation unit, a 24-byte pointer on the original page in the IN_ROW_DATA allocation unit is maintained. If a subsequent operation reduces the row size, SQL Server dynamically moves the columns back to the original data page.

Row-Overflow Considerations

As mentioned earlier, a row cannot reside on multiple pages and can overflow if the combined size of variable-length data-type fields exceeds the 8060-byte limit. To illustrate, a table may be created with two columns: one varchar(7000) and another varchar (2000). Individually neither column exceeds the 8060-byte, but combined they could do so, if the entire width of each column is filled. SQL Server may dynamically move the varchar(7000) variable length column to pages in the ROW_OVERFLOW_DATA allocation unit. When you combine varchar, nvarchar, varbinary, sql_variant, or CLR user-defined type columns that exceed 8,060 bytes per row, consider the following:

  • Moving large records to another page occurs dynamically as records are lengthened based on update operations. Update operations that shorten records may cause records to be moved back to the original page in the IN_ROW_DATA allocation unit. Querying and performing other select operations, such as sorts or joins on large records that contain row-overflow data slows processing time, because these records are processed synchronously instead of asynchronously.
    Therefore, when you design a table with multiple varchar, nvarchar, varbinary, sql_variant, or CLR user-defined type columns, consider the percentage of rows that are likely to flow over and the frequency with which this overflow data is likely to be queried. If there are likely to be frequent queries on many rows of row-overflow data, consider normalizing the table so that some columns are moved to another table. This can then be queried in an asynchronous JOIN operation.
  • The length of individual columns must still fall within the limit of 8,000 bytes for varchar, nvarchar, varbinary, sql_variant, and CLR user-defined type columns. Only their combined lengths can exceed the 8,060-byte row limit of a table.
  • The sum of other data type columns, including char and nchar data, must fall within the 8,060-byte row limit. Large object data is also exempt from the 8,060-byte row limit.
  • The index key of a clustered index cannot contain varchar columns that have existing data in the ROW_OVERFLOW_DATA allocation unit. If a clustered index is created on a varchar column and the existing data is in the IN_ROW_DATA allocation unit, subsequent insert or update actions on the column that would push the data off-row will fail. For more information about allocation units, see Table and Index Organization.
  • You can include columns that contain row-overflow data as key or nonkey columns of a nonclustered index.
  • The record-size limit for tables that use sparse columns is 8,018 bytes. When the converted data plus existing record data exceeds 8,018 bytes, MSSQLSERVER ERROR 576 is returned. When columns are converted between sparse and nonsparse types, Database Engine keeps a copy of the current record data. This temporarily doubles the storage that is required for the record.
  • To obtain information about tables or indexes that might contain row-overflow data, use the sys.dm_db_index_physical_stats dynamic management function.


Extents are the basic unit in which space is managed. An extent is eight physically contiguous pages, or 64 KB. This means SQL Server databases have 16 extents per megabyte.

SQL Server has two types of extents:

  • Uniform extents are owned by a single object; all eight pages in the extent can only be used by the owning object.
  • Mixed extents are shared by up to eight objects. Each of the eight pages in the extent can be owned by a different object.

Up to, and including, SQL Server 2014 (12.x), SQL Server does not allocate whole extents to tables with small amounts of data. A new table or index generally allocates pages from mixed extents. When the table or index grows to the point that it has eight pages, it then switches to use uniform extents for subsequent allocations. If you create an index on an existing table that has enough rows to generate eight pages in the index, all allocations to the index are in uniform extents. However, starting with SQL Server 2016 (13.x), the default for all allocations in the database is uniform extents.



Up to, and including, SQL Server 2014 (12.x), trace flag 1118 can be used to change the default allocation to always use uniform extents. For more information about this trace flag, see DBCC TRACEON – Trace Flags.

Starting with SQL Server 2016 (13.x), the functionality provided by TF 1118 is automatically enabled for TempDB. For user databases, this behavior is controlled by the SET MIXED_PAGE_ALLOCATION option of ALTER DATABASE, with the default value set to OFF, and trace flag 1118 has no effect. For more information, see ALTER DATABASE SET Options (Transact-SQL).

Managing Extent Allocations and Free Space

The SQL Server data structures that manage extent allocations and track free space have a relatively simple structure. This has the following benefits:

  • The free space information is densely packed, so relatively few pages contain this information.
    This increases speed by reducing the amount of disk reads that are required to retrieve allocation information. This also increases the chance that the allocation pages will remain in memory and not require more reads.
  • Most of the allocation information is not chained together. This simplifies the maintenance of the allocation information.
    Each page allocation or deallocation can be performed quickly. This decreases the contention between concurrent tasks having to allocate or deallocate pages.

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Major Features of SQL Fragmentation Analyzer

  • Relational Database Management System (RDBMS): MySQL is a relational database management system.
  • Easy to use: MySQL is easy to use. You have to get only the basic knowledge of SQL. You can build and interact with MySQL with only a few simple SQL statements.
  • It is secure: MySQL consist of a solid data security layer that protects sensitive data from intruders. Passwords are encrypted in MySQL.
  • Client/ Server Architecture: MySQL follows a client /server architecture. There is a database server (MySQL) and arbitrarily many clients (application programs), which communicate with the server; that is, they query data, save changes, etc.
  • Free to download: MySQL is free to use and you can download it from MySQL official website.
  • It is scalable: MySQL can handle almost any amount of data, up to as much as 50 million rows or more. The default file size limit is about 4 GB. However, you can increase this number to a theoretical limit of 8 TB of data.
  • Compatibale on many operating systems: MySQL is compatible to run on many operating systems, like Novell NetWare, Windows* Linux*, many varieties of UNIX* (such as Sun* Solaris*, AIX, and DEC* UNIX), OS/2, FreeBSD*, and others. MySQL also provides a facility that the clients can run on the same computer as the server or on another computer (communication via a local network or the Internet).
  • Allows roll-back: MySQL allows transactions to be rolled back, commit and crash recovery.
  • High Performance: MySQL is faster, more reliable and cheaper because of its unique storage engine architecture.
  • High Flexibility: MySQL supports a large number of embedded applications which makes MySQL very flexible.
  • High Productivity: MySQL uses Triggers, Stored procedures and views which allows the developer to give a higher productivity.
  • MySQL is an open source relational database that is cross platform.
  • MySQL supports multiple storage engines which greatly improve the server performance tuning and flexibility. Prior to version 5.5, the default storage engine was MyISAM which lacked support for transactions, as of version 5.5; the default storage engine is InnoDB which supports transactions and foreign keys.
  • MySQL server can be administered using a number of server access mysql tools which include both commercial and open source products. Popular examples include;
  • phpMyAdmin – cross platform web based open source server access tool
  • SQLYog – targeted at the windows platform, desktop commercial server access tool
  • MySQL workbench – cross platform open source server access tool.
  • MySQL workbench is an integrated development environment for MySQL server. It has utilities for database modeling and designing, SQL development and server administration.



Installation Instructions For Windows

A) Click the Windows “Start” button and select “All Programs” and then point to SQL Page Viewer

B) RDP Connection: To connect to the operating system,

1) Connect to virtual machine using following RDP credentials :

  • Hostname: PublicDNS  / IP of machine
  • Port : 3389

Username: To connect to the operating system, use RDP and the username is Administrator.
Password : Please Click here  to know how to  get password .

C) Other Information:

1.Default installation path: will be on your root folder “C:\Program Files (x86)\Idera\SQL Page Viewer\”
2.Default ports:

  • Windows Machines:  RDP Port – 3389
  • Http: 80
  • Https: 443

Configure custom inbound and outbound rules using this link

Installation Step by Step Screenshots







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