MySQL Visual Database Migration Tool

Blane Warrene
Blane Warrene
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Nothing like good timing. I am working on a project with a company right now who has elected to migrate more than 30 Microsoft Access databases of various size and complexity used internally and on the web to MySQL 4.

To my own and all of our good fortunes — MySQL AB today announced the free availability of the MySQL Migration Suite. This GUI toolset will allow for comprehensive migration from Oracle and Access initially (with Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB 2 and others to follow) and is released under the GPL 2 license.

Better yet it is written in Java, meaning one can perform cross-platform database migrations (Unix to Windows, Solaris to Linux and so on). The Suite utilizes time-tested methodologies and a Wizard guide to cover all the basics of migration as well as stored procedures and triggers.

With its handy reporting capabilities, audits and due diligence can be performed on migrations as they are expedited to insure no missing links are passed over.

I am going to do some test migrations in my development environment as taking anything brand new into production can be interesting to say the least. However – this looks to save some serious time and potential headaches.

Breaking with my habit of not mentioning the products I use – normally I have used Navicat during the migration process as it also spans multiple operating systems (specifically Linux, Mac and Windows). It has done its job superbly – however – the MySQL Migration Suite being GPL open source – I absolutely have to give it a run through the paces to see how it performs.

With Navicat 7 pending release and adding several features I felt were missing from version 6 – it may keep me from adopting the MySQL Suite. However, it will not keep me from giving it a good bench test on this current Access project!

For those who also work with MySQL in a commercial capacity (paying for MySQL services or licensing) — the company is also offering quite an appealing $1500 discount on their own consulting services for getting a 5-day kickstart with MySQL 5 deployments.

Frequently Asked Questions about MySQL Visual Database Migration Tool

What is the MySQL Visual Database Migration Tool?

The MySQL Visual Database Migration Tool is a software application that allows users to migrate databases from one platform to another. It provides a visual interface that simplifies the process of database migration, making it easier for users to transfer data, schema, and other database elements. The tool supports a wide range of database systems, including Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, and more.

How does the MySQL Visual Database Migration Tool work?

The MySQL Visual Database Migration Tool works by creating a connection between the source and target databases. It then maps the source database schema to the target database schema, identifies any potential issues, and generates a migration script. The user can review and modify this script before executing it to complete the migration.

What are the benefits of using the MySQL Visual Database Migration Tool?

The MySQL Visual Database Migration Tool offers several benefits. It simplifies the process of database migration, reducing the risk of errors and saving time. It also provides a visual interface that makes it easier to understand the migration process and make necessary adjustments. Additionally, the tool supports a wide range of database systems, making it a versatile solution for database migration.

Can I use the MySQL Visual Database Migration Tool to migrate from MS SQL Server to MySQL?

Yes, the MySQL Visual Database Migration Tool supports migration from MS SQL Server to MySQL. The tool provides a step-by-step wizard that guides you through the process, making it easier to migrate your database.

What should I do if I encounter an error during the migration process?

If you encounter an error during the migration process, the MySQL Visual Database Migration Tool provides detailed error messages that can help you identify and resolve the issue. You can also refer to the tool’s documentation or seek assistance from the MySQL community.

Is the MySQL Visual Database Migration Tool free to use?

Yes, the MySQL Visual Database Migration Tool is free to use. It is part of the MySQL Workbench, which is an open-source software application provided by Oracle Corporation.

How can I optimize the performance of the MySQL Visual Database Migration Tool?

To optimize the performance of the MySQL Visual Database Migration Tool, you can adjust various settings, such as the number of threads used for data transfer and the size of the data chunks transferred at a time. You can also optimize your source and target databases to improve the migration performance.

Can I migrate stored procedures and functions using the MySQL Visual Database Migration Tool?

Yes, the MySQL Visual Database Migration Tool supports the migration of stored procedures and functions. However, due to differences in the SQL dialects used by different database systems, some manual adjustments may be required.

Can I schedule database migrations using the MySQL Visual Database Migration Tool?

No, the MySQL Visual Database Migration Tool does not support scheduled migrations. However, you can automate the migration process by using the tool’s command-line interface in conjunction with a scheduling tool.

Can I use the MySQL Visual Database Migration Tool to migrate databases between different versions of MySQL?

Yes, the MySQL Visual Database Migration Tool supports migration between different versions of MySQL. However, you should be aware of any changes in the SQL dialect or database features between the versions to ensure a successful migration.