Amazon Aurora Labs for MySQL¶
Welcome to the AWS workshop and lab content portal for Amazon Aurora MySQL compatible databases! Here you will find a collection of workshops and other hands-on content aimed at helping you gain an understanding of the Amazon Aurora features and capabilities.
The resources on this site include a collection of easy to follow instructions with examples, templates to help you get started and scripts automating tasks supporting the hands-on labs. These resources are focused on helping you discover how advanced features of the Amazon Aurora MySQL database operate. Prior expertise with AWS and MySQL-based databases is beneficial, but not required to complete the labs.
Overview of labs¶
The following labs are currently available, click on the relevant tab to see the labs for that topic:
You will need to complete the following prerequisites before running any other labs. Do this first!
|P1||Get started using the lab environment||Required, start here||Set up the lab environment and provision the prerequisite resources.|
|P2||Connect to the Cloud9 Desktop||Required||Connect to the AWS Cloud9 cloud-based integrated development environment (IDE) so you can interact with the database.|
|R1||Create a New DB Cluster||Optional||Create a new Amazon Aurora MySQL DB cluster manually. This is optional, as you can also deploy the environment with a cluster provisioned automatically for you.|
|R2||Connect to the DB Cluster and Load Data||Recommended||Connect to the DB cluster and load an initial data set from S3. The initial data set may also be used in subsequent labs.|
|R3||Auto Scale Read Replicas||Recommended||This lab will demonstrate how auto scaling read replicas work.|
|R4||Clone a DB Cluster||Recommended||Clone an Aurora DB cluster and observing the divergence of the data set.|
|R5||Backtrack a DB Cluster||Recommended||Backtrack an Aurora DB cluster to fix an accidental DDL operation.|
|R6||Use Performance Insights||Recommended||Examine the performance of your DB instances using RDS Performance Insights.|
|R7||Test Fault Tolerance||Recommended||Examine the failover process in Amazon Aurora MySQL and how it can be optimized.|
|R8||Set up Database Activity Streams||Recommended||Monitor your database activity by using Database Activity Streams.|
|R9||Observe and Identify SQL Performance Issues||Recommended||Leverage Amazon Aurora MySQL ecosystem tools to detect performance issues.|
|R10||Analyze SQL Query Performance||Recommended||Troubleshoot SQL query performance using Amazon Aurora MySQL ecosystem tools.|
|G1||Deploy a Global Database||Required||Create a Global Database which will span across multiple regions.|
|G3||Connect an Application||Recommended||Connect a Business Intelligence application to the Global Database.|
|G4||Monitor a Global Database||Recommended||Create an Amazon CloudWatch Dashboard to monitor the latency, replicated I/O, and the cross region replication data transfer of the Global Database.|
|G4||Use Write Forwarding||Recommended||Use a simple application to understand and experience the different consistency modes available with the Global Database Write Forwarding feature.|
|G5||Recover from an Unplanned Primary DB Cluster Failure||Recommended||Simulate a regional failure and DR scenario, and promote the secondary region in a Global Database.|
|G6||Fail Back a Global Database||Optional||Restore full operations in the original primary region for the Global Database after a failover.|
|M1||Overview and Prerequisites||Required||Setup a sample schema and data for machine learning integration.|
|M2||Use Comprehend with Aurora||Recommended||Integrate Aurora with the Comprehend Sentiment Analysis API and make sentiment analysis inferences via SQL commands.|
|M3||Use SageMaker with Aurora||Recommended||Integrate Aurora with SageMaker Endpoints to infer customer churn in a data set using SQL commands.|
|M4||Clean up Lab Resources||Recommended||Clean up after the labs and remove unneeded AWS resources.|
You can also discover other exercises, labs and workshops related to Amazon Aurora on the Related Labs and Workshops page.
Lab environment at a glance¶
To simplify the getting started experience with the labs, we have created foundational templates for AWS CloudFormation that provision the resources needed for the lab environment. These templates are designed to deploy a consistent networking infrastructure, and client-side experience of software packages and components used in the lab.
The environment deployed using CloudFormation includes several components:
- Amazon VPC network configuration with public and private subnets
- Database subnet group and relevant security groups for the cluster and workstation
- Amazon EC2 instance configured with the software components needed for the lab
- IAM roles with access permissions for the workstation and cluster permissions for enhanced monitoring, S3 access and logging
- Custom cluster and DB instance parameter groups for the Amazon Aurora cluster, enabling logging and performance schema
- Optionally, Amazon Aurora DB cluster with 2 nodes: a writer and read replica
- If the cluster is created for you, the database credentials will be generated automatically and stored in an AWS Secrets Manager secret.
- Optionally, read replica auto scaling configuration
- Optionally, AWS Systems Manager command document to execute a load test
Additional software needed for labs¶
You do not need any special software on the computer you are using for these labs, except an up to date web browser. The templates and scripts setting up the lab environment install the following software in the lab environment for the purposes of deploying and running the labs:
- mysql-client package. MySQL open source software is provided under the GPL License.
- sysbench available using the GPL License.
- test_db available using the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.
- weather_data available using the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International.
- Percona's sysbench-tpcc available using the Apache License 2.0.
- Percona Toolkit available using the Apache License 2.0.
- Apache Superset available using the Apache License 2.0.