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Guidelines and Considerations
Guidelines and Considerations when Running MySQL
- Host system reboots
- Host systems may occasionally reboot. If the reboot is scheduled, a notification will be sent to the appropriate MySQL User Mailman List. If a reboot is unexpected or due to system failure, a notification will be sent after the incident to the appropriate MySQL User Mailman List.
- Owners and administrators of a MySQL server may occasionally get communication from UW-IT regarding updates, security concerns, or other information that may be relevant to running a MySQL server. These messages cannot be opted out of if a MySQL server is running on an account that they own or administer.
- From time to time, UW-IT may notify administrators of a MySQL server about maintenance or work that they may need to perform in order to resolve issues or keep their server operating.
- Be responsible
- Your MySQL server is running on a shared server. Please be reasonable when using extremely large databases or queries. If possible, run database-intensive jobs during off-hours.
- Shut down when finished
- Shut off your MySQL server if you are no longer using it. This helps prevent security issues as well as free up system resources for other users.
- Changing jobs?
- If changing positions or employers, please be sure to document or educate your successor about the MySQL server you’ve been running and how to maintain it.
- Additional General Server Guidelines
- In addition to the MySQL server guidelines listed above, some more general guidelines on running and managing your own webservers on the UW Shared Web Hosting service can be found here: