This topic describes how to migrate data from a user-created MySQL database to an ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instance by using Data Transmission Service (DTS). DTS supports schema migration, full data migration, and incremental data migration. When you migrate data from a user-created MySQL database, you can select all of the supported migration types to ensure service continuity.

Prerequisites

  • An ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instance is created. For more information, see Create an ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instance.
  • A MySQL database of version 5.1, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7, or 8.0 is created.
  • The available storage space of the destination ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instance is larger than the total size of the data in the user-created MySQL database.

Precautions

  • DTS uses read and write resources of the source and destination databases during full data migration. This may increase the loads of the database servers. If the database performance is unfavorable, the specification is low, or the data volume is large, database services may become unavailable. For example, DTS occupies a large amount of read and write resources in the following cases: a large number of slow SQL queries are performed on the source database, the tables have no primary keys, or a deadlock occurs in the destination database. Before you migrate data, evaluate the impact of data migration on the performance of the source and destination databases. We recommend that you migrate data during off-peak hours. For example, you can migrate data when the CPU utilization of the source and destination databases is less than 30%.
  • The tables to be migrated in the source database must have PRIMARY KEY or UNIQUE constraints and all fields must be unique. Otherwise, the destination database may contain duplicate data records.
  • DTS uses the ROUND(COLUMN,PRECISION) function to retrieve values from columns of the FLOAT or DOUBLE data type. If you do not specify a precision, DTS sets the precision for the FLOAT data type to 38 digits and the precision for the DOUBLE data type to 308 digits. You must check whether the precision settings meet your business requirements.
  • DTS automatically creates a destination database in the ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instance. However, if the name of the source database is invalid, you must manually create a database in the ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instance before you configure the data migration task.
    Note For more information about the naming conventions of ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL databases and how to create a database, see Create a database on an ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instance.
  • If a data migration task fails, DTS automatically resumes the task. Before you switch your workloads to the destination instance, stop or release the data migration task. Otherwise, the data in the source database will overwrite the data in the destination instance after the task is resumed.

Billing

Migration type Instance configuration fee Internet traffic fee
Schema migration and full data migration Free of charge Charged only when data is migrated from Alibaba Cloud over the Internet. For more information, see Pricing.
Incremental data migration Charged. For more information, see Pricing.

Migration types

  • Schema migration

    DTS migrates the schemas of the required objects to the destination instance. DTS supports schema migration for the following types of objects: table, view, trigger, stored procedure, and function.

    Note
    • During schema migration, DTS changes the value of the SECURITY attribute from DEFINER to INVOKER for views, stored procedures, and functions.
    • DTS does not migrate user information. Before a user can call views, stored procedures, and functions of the destination database, you must grant the read and write permissions to the user.
  • Full data migration
    DTS migrates historical data of the required objects from the user-created MySQL database to the destination database in the ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instance.
    Note During full data migration, concurrent INSERT operations cause fragmentation in the tables of the destination database. After full data migration is complete, the tablespace of the destination database is larger than that of the source database.
  • Incremental data migration

    After full data migration is complete, DTS retrieves binary log files from the user-created MySQL database. Then, DTS synchronizes incremental data from the user-created MySQL database to the destination ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instance. Incremental data migration allows you to ensure service continuity when you migrate data from a user-created MySQL database to Alibaba Cloud.

SQL operations that can be synchronized during incremental data migration

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

Permissions required for database accounts

Database Schema migration Full data migration Incremental data migration
User-created MySQL database The SELECT permission The SELECT permission The REPLICATION SLAVE, REPLICATION CLIENT, SHOW VIEW, and SELECT permissions
ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instance The read and write permissions The read and write permissions The read and write permissions

For information about how to create and authorize a database account, see the following topics:

Before you begin

Create an account for a user-created MySQL database and configure binary logging

Procedure

  1. Log on to the DTS console.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, click Data Migration.
  3. At the top of the Migration Tasks page, select the region where the destination RDS instance resides.Select a region
  4. In the upper-right corner of the page, click Create Migration Task.
  5. Configure the source and destination databases. Configure the source and destination databases
    Section Parameter Description
    N/A Task Name DTS automatically generates a task name. We recommend that you specify an informative name for easy identification. You do not need to use a unique task name.
    Source Database Instance Type Select an instance type based on the deployment of the source database. In this example, select User-Created Database with Public IP Address.
    Note If you select other instance types, you must prepare the environment that is required for the source database. For more information, see Preparation overview.
    Instance Region If the instance type is set to User-Created Database with Public IP Address, you do not need to specify the instance region.
    Note If a whitelist is configured for the user-created MySQL database, you must manually add the CIDR blocks of DTS servers to the whitelist of the database. You can click Get IP Address Segment of DTS next to Instance Region to obtain the CIDR blocks of DTS servers.
    Database Type Select MySQL.
    Hostname or IP Address Enter the endpoint that is used to connect to the user-created MySQL database. In this example, enter the public IP address.
    Port Number Enter the service port number of the user-created MySQL database. The default port number is 3306.
    Database Account Enter the account of the user-created MySQL database. For more information about the permissions that are required for the account, see #section_bjn_5zq_5hb.
    Database Password Enter the password of the source database account.
    Note After you specify the source database parameters, click Test Connectivity next to Database Password to verify whether the specified parameters are valid. If the specified parameters are valid, the Passed message appears. If the Failed message appears, click Check next to Failed. Modify the source database parameters based on the check results.
    Destination Database Instance Type Select RDS Instance.
    Instance Region Select the region where the destination RDS instance resides.
    RDS Instance ID Select the ID of the destination RDS instance.
    Database Account Enter the database account of the destination RDS instance. For more information about the permissions that are required for the account, see #section_bjn_5zq_5hb.
    Database Password Enter the password of the destination database account.
    Note After you specify the destination database parameters, click Test Connectivity next to Database Password to verify whether the parameters are valid. If the specified parameters are valid, the Passed message appears. If the Failed message appears, click Check next to Failed. Modify the destination database parameters based on the check results.
    Encryption Select Non-encrypted or SSL-encrypted. If you want to select SSL-encrypted, you must enable SSL encryption for the RDS instance before you configure the data migration task. For more information, see Configure SSL encryption on an ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instance.
    Note The Encryption parameter is available only for regions in mainland China and the China (Hong Kong) region.
  6. In the lower-right corner of the page, click Set Whitelist and Next.
    Note DTS adds the CIDR blocks of DTS servers to the whitelist of the destination RDS instance. This ensures that DTS servers can connect to the destination RDS instance.
  7. Select the migration types and the objects to be migrated. Select the migration types and the objects to be migrated
    Setting Description
    Select the migration types
    • To perform only full data migration, select Schema Migration and Full Data Migration.
    • To ensure service continuity during data migration, select Schema Migration, Full Data Migration, and Incremental Data Migration.
    Note If Incremental Data Migration is not selected, do not write data to the source database during full data migration. This ensures data consistency between the source and destination databases.
    Select the objects to be migrated

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

    Note
    • You can select columns, tables, or databases as the objects to be migrated. If you select tables or columns as the objects to be migrated, DTS does not migrate other objects such as views, triggers, and stored procedures to the destination database.
    • After an object is migrated to the destination database, the name of the object remains unchanged. You can use the object name mapping feature to change the names of the objects that are migrated to the destination database. For more information, see Object name mapping.
    • If you use the object name mapping feature on an object, other objects that are dependent on the object may fail to be migrated.
    Specify the retry time for failed connection to the source or destination database By default, if DTS fails to connect to the source or destination database, DTS retries within the next 12 hours. You can specify the retry time based on your needs. If DTS reconnects to the source and destination databases within the specified time, DTS resumes the data migration task. Otherwise, the data migration task fails.
    Note When DTS retries a connection, you are charged for the DTS instance. We recommend that you specify the retry time based on your business needs. You can also release the DTS instance at your earliest opportunity after the source and destination instances are released.
  8. In the lower-right corner of the page, click Precheck.
    Note
    • Before you can start the data migration task, a precheck is performed. You can start the data migration 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.
  9. After the task passes the precheck, click Next.
  10. In the Confirm Settings dialog box, specify the Channel Specification and select Data Transmission Service (Pay-As-You-Go) Service Terms.
  11. Click Buy and Start to start the migration task.

Stop the migration task

Warning We recommend that you prepare a rollback solution to migrate incremental data from the destination database to the source database in real time. This allows you to minimize the negative impact of switching your workloads to the destination database. For more information, see Switch workloads to the destination database. If you do not need to switch your workloads, you can perform the following steps to stop the migration task.
  • Full data migration

    Do not manually stop a task during full data migration. Otherwise, the system may fail to migrate all data. Wait until the migration task automatically ends.

  • Incremental data migration

    The task does not automatically end during incremental data migration. You must manually stop the migration task.

    1. Wait until the task progress bar shows Incremental Data Migration and The migration task is not delayed. Then, stop writing data to the source database for a few minutes. In some cases, the progress bar shows the delay time of incremental data migration.
    2. After the status of incremental data migration changes to The migration task is not delayed, manually stop the migration task.Stop a task during incremental migration

What to do next

The database accounts that are used for data migration have the read and write permissions. After you migrate data, you must delete the database accounts to ensure security.

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