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Encrypted Replication for MySQL

Encrypted Replication for MySQL

Encrypted connections for MySQL replication are the default as of 8.0. The following simple example shows a basic setup for encrypted replication using Ubuntu 20.04 and MySQL Community 8.0.27. The steps may be similar for other Linux distributions. The necessary files...

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Validating Db2 Software Download Integrity

Validating Db2 Software Download Integrity

With the release of Db2 11.5.7.0, IBM has finally started providing cryptographically signed installation image files. This is important because it provides a means to verify that the installation image has not been tampered with or corrupted during download....

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Is it Safe to Drop a Tablespace?

Is it Safe to Drop a Tablespace?

When IBM switched from old-school DMS and SMS tablespaces to Automatic Storage tablespaces, it became significantly easier for DBAs to create and manage tablespaces. This can lead to a proliferation of tablespaces; over time, some of these tablespaces may no longer be...

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Finding the Size of Individual Indexes

Finding the Size of Individual Indexes

Recently I had a client ask me if there was a way to calculate the size of individual indexes on a table and how to interpret what is reported by the table function sysproc.admin_get_index_info. The client asked whether the value is reported as a sum per table or per...

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How to use mysql_config_editor

How to use mysql_config_editor

Background When running a batch file on MySQL the login credentials must be taken from some file. The file choices are to use a clear-text options file or the more secure obfuscated login-file generated by the MySQL program mysql_config_editor (which comes installed...

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