# MariaDB Database Server

This documentation can be used as a reference to create a MariaDB database server. This includes an optional step if you are also looking to set them up in a Primary / Replica manual failover configuration.

# Primary MariaDB Server

This documentation assumes a few things, including:

  • you have done an installation from the Minimal ISO image.
  • that your server has internet connectivity and a hostname (e.g., db01.example.org).
  • that you have SSH access to the server.

# Update operating system and install packages

  1. SSH into the server and sudo to root:

    ssh [email protected]
    sudo -s
  2. Set the hostname of the server using the NetworkManager CLI (nmcli) program:

    nmcli general hostname db01.example.org
  3. Enable the CodeReady Builder (CRB) repository frequently used by EPEL:

    dnf config-manager --set-enabled crb
  4. Install the Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) repository:

    dnf -y install \
  5. Install vim and screen, then run screen (a good practice before updating/installing packages over a remote connection):

    dnf -y install vim screen && screen
  6. Update the operating system:

    dnf -y update

    If a kernel update happened, you might as well reboot now:

  7. Install the NTP, MariaDB Client, and Server packages:

    dnf -y install chrony \
                    mariadb \
  8. Create a new file called /etc/my.cnf.d/performance.cnf and place the following configuration within the file:

    # Skip reverse DNS lookup
    skip-name-resolve = on                      # Recommended for performance, enabling this requires local connections to be vs. localhost.
    # Innodb
    innodb_buffer_pool_size = 6G                # Main memory buffer of Innodb, very important.
    innodb_log_file_size = 1G                   # Recommended value from MySQLTuner.
    innodb_flush_method = O_DIRECT_NO_FSYNC     # Recommended for performance.
    innodb_flush_neighbors = 0                  # Recommended for performance.
    innodb_flush_log_at_trx_commit = 2          # Writes to OS, fsynced once per second.
    innodb_buffer_pool_load_at_startup = on
    innodb_buffer_pool_dump_at_shutdown = on
    innodb_ft_min_token_size = 3
    innodb_io_capacity = 450                    # Recommended for performance.
    innodb_random_read_ahead = on               # Recommended for performance.
    # Basic Settings
    thread_cache_size = 8
    table_open_cache = 4000
    table_definition_cache = 4617               # Recommended value from MySQLTuner.
    query_cache_size = 128M                     # Recommended value from MySQLTuner.
    query_cache_type = 1
    max_allowed_packet = 16777216
    join_buffer_size = 524288                   # Recommended value from MySQLTuner.
    tmp_table_size = 32M                        # Recommended value from MySQLTuner.
    max_heap_table_size = 32M                   # Recommended value from MySQLTuner.
    key_buffer_size = 26M                       # Recommended value from MySQLTuner.
    # Connections
    max_connections = 512                       # Optional: Increase max_connections from default of 151, if you have the resources.
    # Slow Query Logging / Tuning
    slow_query_log = on
    log_slow_verbosity = 'innodb,query_plan'
    long_query_time = 10
    performance_schema = on
    # Replication (OPTIONAL)
    #server_id = 1921682510                     # A unique ID for this server. Tip: Set to the IP address of the server.
    #log_bin = /var/lib/mysql/mysql-bin
    #expire_logs_days = 14
    #sync_binlog = 4                            # 1 = every transaction; 4 or 5 = every 4th or 5th transaction.
  9. Start MariaDB and set to start on system startup:

    systemctl daemon-reload
    systemctl enable --now mariadb
  10. Run the mysql_secure_installation script included with MariaDB to tighten up the security of new installation:


    Here is the output of the mysql_secure_installation hardening:

    [root@db01]# /usr/bin/mysql_secure_installation
    In order to log into MariaDB to secure it, we'll need the current
    password for the root user. If you've just installed MariaDB, and
    haven't set the root password yet, you should just press enter here.
    Enter current password for root (enter for none): 
    OK, successfully used password, moving on...
    Setting the root password or using the unix_socket ensures that nobody
    can log into the MariaDB root user without the proper authorisation.
    You already have your root account protected, so you can safely answer 'n'.
    Switch to unix_socket authentication [Y/n] n
    ... skipping.
    You already have your root account protected, so you can safely answer 'n'.
    Change the root password? [Y/n] Y
    New password: 
    Re-enter new password: 
    Password updated successfully!
    Reloading privilege tables..
    ... Success!
    By default, a MariaDB installation has an anonymous user, allowing anyone
    to log into MariaDB without having to have a user account created for
    them.  This is intended only for testing, and to make the installation
    go a bit smoother.  You should remove them before moving into a
    production environment.
    Remove anonymous users? [Y/n] Y
    ... Success!
    Normally, root should only be allowed to connect from 'localhost'.  This
    ensures that someone cannot guess at the root password from the network.
    Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n] Y
    ... Success!
    By default, MariaDB comes with a database named 'test' that anyone can
    access.  This is also intended only for testing, and should be removed
    before moving into a production environment.
    Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n] Y
    - Dropping test database...
    ... Success!
    - Removing privileges on test database...
    ... Success!
    Reloading the privilege tables will ensure that all changes made so far
    will take effect immediately.
    Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n] Y
    ... Success!
    Cleaning up...
    All done!  If you've completed all of the above steps, your MariaDB
    installation should now be secure.
    Thanks for using MariaDB!
  11. You can now connect to the database server as the root user:

    mysql -uroot

    If you would like to create a new database and associated user account, you can use the following queries as a template.

    CREATE USER 'wordpress'@'' IDENTIFIED BY 'password';
    GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON wordpress.* TO 'wordpress'@'';
  12. Allow TCP traffic on port 3306 from your PHP Application Server and reload the firewall:

    firewall-cmd --add-rich-rule='rule family="ipv4" source address="" port port="3306" protocol="tcp" accept' --permanent
    firewall-cmd --reload

# Replica Database Server

If you intend on setting up a Replica Database Server, repeat each step outlined in the Primary Database Server section on your second db02.example.org server so that you have two freshly installed MariaDB database servers. Once you have finished doing that, you can proceed with the following changes.

# Changes on db01.example.org

  1. Connect with the root MariaDB user account on db01.example.org:

    mysql -uroot
  2. Create a repl database user that will be able to connect from the db02.example.org server:

    GRANT REPLICATION SLAVE ON *.* TO 'repl'@'' IDENTIFIED BY 'set-a-new-complex-password-here';
  3. Run the follow query and make note of the master log file (i.e. mysql-bin.000002) as you will need it when configuring the replica:


# Changes on db02.example.org

  1. Connect with the root MariaDB user account on db02.example.org:

    mysql -uroot
  2. Tell the replica server to replicate from your db01.example.org primary:

    CHANGE MASTER TO MASTER_HOST='', MASTER_USER='repl', MASTER_PASSWORD='your-password-needs-to-go-here', MASTER_LOG_FILE='mysql-bin.000002';
  3. Start the replication:


    You can ensure that there are no errors and watch the status of the replication by running: