Working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) such as EC2, S3, and EBS takes some time to get familiar with all the tools, acronyms, and especially paradigm of thinking about servers. Once you get into it, you quickly find much old (outdated) documentation, and you can easily find yourself spending hours searching the web for blog posts to help in your quest!
After much research, I decided to create a Mysql database server on a ‘instance-store’ small ec2 server, with all the precious Mysql data stored on a EBS volume attached to my server. This way, I could easily create snapshot backups of my databases for FAST backups. Here’s the procedure I decided on. It involves symlinking Mysql config files and data directories onto the EBS volume.
Another trick I used because I needed to migrate about 20 GiB’s of data to get started, was that I initially set up an “X-tra large” instance, with 10 GiB’s RAM to handle the data import. After the data was migrated and imported to my database, I simply terminated my X-Large instance and spun up a small instance connected to the same EBS volume! All the databases were preserved nicely and I did not have to waste money paying for an X-Large instance anymore. This exemplifies the value of thinking in the “cloud” mindset – where you can spin up and down servers in a matter of seconds! Hope this article helps someone else out there!
Great Reference: http://developer.amazonwebservices.com/connect/entry.jspa?externalID=1663
# Create small instance (I used the AMI for i.386 CentOS 5.4)
# Create EBS volume and attach it to the EC2 (as /dev/sdh in my example)
# Install mysql-server
yum install mysql-server
# Install xfsprogs so you can format EBS drive with XFS
yum install xfsprogs modprobe xfs mkfs.xfs /dev/sdh
# Add to your /etc/fstab so it mounts on boot
echo "/dev/sdh /vol xfs noatime 0 0" | sudo tee -a /etc/fstab sudo mkdir -m 000 /vol sudo mount /vol
# Create directories that will store persistant Mysql data
mkdir /vol/etc /vol/lib /vol/log
# Move the mysql config and data files to your newly mounted drive
mv /etc/my.cnf /vol/etc/ mv /var/lib/mysql /vol/lib/ mv /var/log/mysqld.log /vol/log/
# Symlink the mysql directories so that mysql uses the mounted EBS drive
ln -s /vol/lib/mysql /var/lib/mysql ln -s /vol/etc/my.cnf /etc/my.cnf ln -s /vol/log/mysqld.log /var/log/mysqld.log
Now restart your Mysql server and check your logs if you have any errors!
service mysqld start # If you have errors, watch the logs tail -f /var/log/mysqld.log
Good luck !