Documentation forSolarWinds Observability

Add a MySQL database instance

Before adding a MySQL database instance, make sure you have the required roles, privileges, and prerequisites on your MySQL database instance to be monitored with SolarWinds Observability.

To monitor your MySQL database with SolarWinds Observability, complete the following:

  1. In SolarWinds Observability, click Add Data at the top.

  2. On the Add Data dialog, click Database.

  3. Click Self-hosted, Amazon RDS, Amazon Aurora, Google Cloud SQL, or Azure DB from the MySQL drop-down menu.

    Npcap must be installed if you are monitoring databases for on-host data gathering on a Windows Installation.
  4. Choose an existing SolarWinds Observability Agent on a monitored host. Click Next to continue.

    For more information about installing the SolarWinds Observability Agent on your host, see Add a self-managed host or Install SolarWinds Observability Agent as a Docker image.

  5. Enter the database instance address, database username, and database password for your database instance. Click next to continue.

    Click the Enable SSL toggle and enter your SSL credentials to enable SSL. 
  6. Copy and execute the script on your MySQL database. The user account created with this script will be used by the SolarWinds Observability Agent.

    If you have an existing user account that you want to use, enter the credentials in the script box before clicking the copy to clipboard button.

  7. Click whether to enable or disable packet capture.

    Packet Capture is only available for Self-hosted MySQL database instances.

  8. Copy and execute the PERFORMANCE_Schema script to activate and enable consumers on your MySQL database instance.

  9. Copy and set the consumer changes for your MySQL database instance.

    • Self-hosted: Copy and execute the consumer changes in my.cnf.

    • Amazon RDS/Amazon Aurora/Google Cloud SQL /Azure DB: Copy and execute the consumer changes in the parameter group.

  10. Click I have performed all of the above tasks. Click Next to continue.

  11. Verify the information entered on the Summary tab. Click Finish.

    To view data collected for the newly configured entity in the Entity Explorer, click the name of the Database Instance in the confirmation dialog in the lower-left corner. It may take a few seconds for data to appear for the newly created entity. See Entity Explorer for details.

See Entities in SolarWinds Observability for an overview of Database Instance entities and how they work in SolarWinds Observability.