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MySQL Monitoring

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MySQL Monitoring Tools

MySQL is one of the most popular open-source relational database management systems (RDBMS) and is currently used by Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Google to name but a few. It is currently the world’s most widely used RDBMS.

It remains an extremely popular choice for web-based software applications and is the M in LAMP. Fast, powerful, customizable and easy-to-use, MySQL should only become more utilized as a versatile tool with its future releases.

What You Can Monitor

Opsview's MySQL monitoring tools include 39 performance metrics including connects, sessions, hits and free blocks. This allows you to make sure your MySQL database is running at full speed, enabling you to monitor any and every change over time with our Opsview Monitor Reporting Module. Opsview also monitors many other types of databases.

Service Checks

Service Check Description
MYSQL Aborted connects Number of aborted connects
MYSQL Bytes received Number of bytes received (total)
MYSQL Bytes sent Number of bytes sent (total)
MYSQL Connections Number of Connections
MYSQL DB Listener Checks MySQL on TCP port 3306
MYSQL DB Processes Checks MySQL processes
MYSQL Delayed errors Delayed errors
MYSQL InnoDB Log Pending FSyncs InnoDB Log pending fsyncs
MYSQL InnoDB Log Pending Writes InnoDB Log pending writes
MYSQL InnoDB Pending Writes InnoDB Log waits
MYSQL InnoDB Waits InnoDB Log waits
MYSQL Key blocks not flushed Key blocks not flushed
MYSQL Key blocks unused Key blocks unused
MYSQL Key blocks used Key blocks used
MYSQL Key read requests Key read requests
MYSQL Key reads Key blocks unused
MYSQL Key write requests Key write requests
MYSQL Key writes Key writes
MYSQL Low memory prunes Low memory prunes
MYSQL Max used connections Maximum used connections
MYSQL Open Files Open files on MySQL Server
MYSQL Open streams Open streams MySQL Server
MYSQL Open tables MySQL open tables
MYSQL Qcache free blocks Qcache free blocks
MYSQL Qcache free memory Qcache free memory
MYSQL Qcache hits Qcache hits
MYSQL Qcache inserts Qcache inserts
MYSQL Qcache not cached Qcache not cached
MYSQL Qcache queries incache Qcache queries in cache
MYSQL Qcache total blocks Qcache total blocks
MYSQL Slave open temp tables Number of open temp tables on slaves
MYSQL Slave retried transactions Number of retried transactions on slaves
MYSQL SSL Renegotiates SSL connect renegotiates
MYSQL SSL Session cache hits SSL sessions cache misses
MYSQL SSL Session cache misses SSL sessions cache misses
MYSQL SSL Session cache overflows SSL sessions cache overflows
MYSQL SSL Session cache timeouts SSL sessions cache timeouts
MYSQL Threads connected Number of threads connected
MYSQL Threads running Threads running

Note: the Database - MySQL Server - Agentless host template contains all the checks above except "MySQL DB Processes" which requires an agent to be installed on the monitored host.

MySQL Monitoring Tools Setup and Configuration


Network Dependencies

You will need to open port tcp/3306 from the Opsview Monitor server to the MySQL server host. See your operating system/firewall documentation for information on how to do this if your host is running a local firewall.


On the MySQL server to be monitored:

Install the Opsview Agent (optional)

For more information, refer to Opsview Knowledge Center - Opsview Agents Installation.

Enable remote connections in MySQL, but ensure you have set a MySQL root password for security reasons ('mysql_secure_installation' may be available on your system to secure MySQL)

Create a dedicated user within MySQL for use by monitoring. Suitable SQL to create an 'opsview' user might be:

mysql> CREATE USER 'opsview'@'<opsview server IP address>' IDENTIFIED BY '<password>';


Step 1: Add the host template

Add the Database - MySQL Server (or Database - MySQL Server - Agentless if you haven't installed an agent) Host Template to your Opsview Monitor host.

Add MySQL Host

For more information, refer to Opsview Knowledge Center - Adding Host Templates to Hosts

Step 2: Add and configure variables required for this host

Variable Description
MYSQLCREDENTIALS Used in authenticating services with MySQL. Override the Username and Password with your credentials. To enable TLS set TLS Enabled to `1` and optionally set the CA Path.

Add MySQL Variables

For more information, refer to Opsview Knowledge Center - Adding Variables to Hosts.

Step 3: Apply changes and the system will now be monitored

MySQL Service Checks