This topic describes how to synchronize data between ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instances that belong to different Alibaba Cloud accounts by using Data Transmission Service (DTS).

Prerequisites

  • The source and destination ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instances for data synchronization are created. For more information, see Create an RDS instance.
  • The databases in the source and destination RDS instances are MySQL databases.

Notes

  • If the object you want to synchronize is a table or multiple tables (not a database), do not use gh-ost or pt-online-schema-change to modify the object during data synchronization. Otherwise, data synchronization may fail.
  • You cannot synchronize data between ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instances that reside in Zone A of the China (Hong Kong) region.
  • The source and destination ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instances must have an internal endpoint.
  • If the source database does not have primary keys or UNIQUE constraints, and fields are not required to be unique, duplicate data may exist in the destination database.
  • During initial full data synchronization, concurrent INSERT operations cause segments in the tables of the destination instance. After initial full data synchronization, the tablespace of the destination instance is larger than that of the source instance.

Supported synchronization topologies

  • One-way one-to-one synchronization
  • One-way one-to-many synchronization
  • One-way cascade synchronization
  • One-way many-to-one synchronization
  • Two-way one-to-one synchronization

For more information about synchronization topologies, see Synchronization topologies.

SQL operations that can be synchronized

Operation types SQL statements
DML INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE, and REPLACE
DDL
  • ALTER TABLE, ALTER VIEW
  • CREATE FUNCTION, CREATE INDEX, CREATE PROCEDURE, CREATE TABLE, and CREATE VIEW
  • DROP INDEX, DROP TABLE
  • RENAME TABLE
  • TRUNCATE TABLE

Limits

  • Incompatibility of triggers

    If the object you want to synchronize is a database and the database contains a trigger that updates the synchronized table, the synchronized data may be inconsistent. For example, the source database contains Table A and Table B. If a data record is inserted into Table A, a trigger inserts a data record into Table B. In this case, after an INSERT operation is performed on Table A in the source instance, the data in Table B becomes inconsistent between the source and destination instances.

    To avoid this situation, you must delete the trigger that is synchronized to the destination instance and select Table B as the object to be synchronized. For more information, see Configure synchronization when triggers exist.

  • Limits on RENAME TABLE operations

    RENAME TABLE operations may cause data inconsistency between the source and destination databases. For example, if only Table A needs to be synchronized and it is renamed Table B, Table B cannot be synchronized to the destination database. To avoid this situation, you can select the database to which Table A and Table B belong as the object when configuring the data synchronization task.

Preparations

Set the Alibaba Cloud account that owns the destination RDS instance as a trusted account. This allows DTS to access the cloud resources of the Alibaba Cloud account that owns the source RDS instance. For more information, see Configure RAM authorization for cross-account data migration and synchronization.

Procedure

  1. Purchase a data synchronization instance.
    Note Select MySQL for both the source instance and the destination instance and select One-Way Synchronization as the synchronization topology.
  2. Log on to the DTS console with the Alibaba Cloud account that owns the destination RDS instance.
  3. In the left-side navigation pane, click Data Synchronization.
  4. At the top of the Synchronization Tasks page, select the region where the destination instance resides.Select a region
  5. Find the created data synchronization instance and click Configure Synchronization Channel in the Actions column.
  6. Configure the source and destination instances.Configure the source and destination instances
    Section Parameter Description
    Synchronization Task Name N/A DTS automatically generates a task name. We recommend that you use an informative name for easy identification. You do not need to use a unique task name.
    Source Instance Details Instance Type Select RDS Instance.
    Instance Region The region of the source instance that you select when purchasing the data synchronization instance. You cannot change the value of this parameter.
    Apsara Stack Tenant Account ID of RDS Instance Enter the ID of the Alibaba Cloud account that owns the source RDS instance.
    Note Before you configure this parameter, click RDS Instances of Other Apsara Stack Accounts in the Source Instance Details section.Select an RDS instance that is owned by a different Alibaba Cloud account
    Role Name Enter the name of the RAM role that you configure in Preparations.
    RDS Instance ID Select the ID of the source RDS instance.
    Destination Instance Details Instance Type Select RDS Instance.
    Instance Region The region of the destination instance that you select when purchasing the data synchronization instance. You cannot change the value of this parameter.
    Instance ID Select the ID of the destination RDS instance.
    Database Account Enter the database account of the destination RDS instance.
    Note If the database type of the destination RDS instance is MySQL 5.5 or MySQL 5.6, you do not need to configure the database account and database password.
    Database Password Enter the password for the database account.
    Encryption Select Non-encrypted or SSL-encrypted. If you want to select SSL-encrypted, you must enable SSL encryption for the RDS instance before configuring the data synchronization task. For more information, see Configure SSL encryption for an RDS for MySQL instance.
    Note The Encryption parameter is available only in mainland China and Hong Kong(China).
  7. In the lower-right corner of the page, click Set Whitelist and Next.
  8. Configure the synchronization policy and objects.Configure the synchronization policy and objects
    Parameter Description
    Processing Mode In Existed Target Table
    • Pre-check and Intercept: checks whether the destination database contains tables that have the same names as tables in the source database. If the destination database does not contain tables that have the same names as tables in the source database, the precheck is passed. Otherwise, an error is returned during precheck and the data synchronization task cannot be started.
      Note If tables in the destination database have the same names as tables in the source database, and cannot be deleted or renamed, you can use the object name mapping feature. For more information, see Specify the name of an object in the destination instance.
    • Ignore: skips the precheck for identical table names in the source and destination databases.
      Warning If you select Ignore, data consistency is not guaranteed and your business may be exposed to potential risks.
      • If the source and destination databases have the same schema, and the primary key of a record in the destination database is the same as that in the source database, the record remains unchanged during initial data synchronization. However, the record is overwritten during incremental data synchronization.
      • If the source and destination databases have different schemas, initial data synchronization may fail. In this case, only some columns are synchronized or the data synchronization task fails.
    Objects to be synchronized

    Select objects from the Available section and click the Right arrow icon to move the objects to the Selected section.

    You can select tables and databases as the objects to be synchronized.

    Note
    • If you select a database as the object to be synchronized, all schema changes in the database are synchronized to the destination database.
    • After an object is synchronized to the destination database, the name of the object remains unchanged. You can change the name of an object in the destination instance by using the object name mapping feature provided by DTS. For more information about how to use this feature, see Specify the name of an object in the destination instance.
  9. In the lower-right corner of the page, click Next.
  10. Configure initial synchronization.Advanced settings
    • During initial synchronization, DTS synchronizes the schemas and data of the required objects from the source instance to the destination instance. The schemas and data are the basis for subsequent incremental synchronization.
    • Initial synchronization includes initial schema synchronization and initial full data synchronization. You must select both Initial Schema Synchronization and Initial Full Data Synchronization in most cases.
  11. In the lower-right corner of the page, click Precheck.
    Note
    • Before you can start the data synchronization task, a precheck is performed. You can start the data synchronization task only after the task passes the precheck.
    • If the task fails to pass the precheck, click the Info icon icon next to each failed item to view details. Troubleshoot the issues based on the causes and run the precheck again.
  12. Close the Precheck dialog box after the following message is displayed: The precheck is passed.
  13. Wait until the initial synchronization is complete and the data synchronization task is in the Synchronizing state.
    You can view the status of the data synchronization task on the Data Synchronization page.Status of the data synchronization task