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PostgreSQL 9 Database Administration and Deployment

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  • Overview

    This PostgreSQL 9 Database Administration and Deployment course covers PostgreSQL database administration and planning for a production deployment with multiple servers. Hands-on workshop exercises are provided for performance and replication fundamentals. The class will also introduce techniques and tools for managing servers as they grow over time. The course workshop will set up a replicated pair of PostgreSQL on Linux databases to have the same content, using the database’s built-in replication. Test data will be installed on the workshop systems to demonstrate query performance troubleshooting. The tools used will be based on the command line interface to the database. Other High-Availability and multi-node scaling architectures will also be introduced and compared. Some examples of larger web or GUI management tools will be shown. The focus of the class is learning how to evaluate and compare the major options for tools and replication, not specifically on how to use any one of them. The examples target PostgreSQL versions 9.1 and later. Students are encouraged to ask questions about features the instructor can demonstrate at any time.

    Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Setup a test environment with sample data
    • Monitor database activity and statistics
    • Understand what background maintenance the database does automatically
    • Look for problems in the server’s log files
    • Setup the server postgresql.conf for a production system
    • Read the output of a query plan
    • Monitor which queries are using up the most server resources
    • Evaluate tools for analyzing the server’s workload
    • Add and remove table indexes based on a production workload
    • Deploy a high-availability standby replica
    • Monitor whether a replica is keeping up with the master’s traffic
    • Outline architectures for scaling PostgreSQL servers across multiple nodes
    • Look for queries that are stuck or locking excessively
    • Evaluate tools for server monitoring and problem alerting
  • Who Should Take This Course


    This course is for database administrators, systems administrators, or developers with working knowledge of SQL and database usage. Knowledge of the command line interface to a Linux system is needed to complete all of the workshop exercises.


    Students taking this course should have the following skills.

    • Knowledge of the command line interface to a Linux system, a working knowledge of SQL, and database basics.
  • Schedule
  • Course Outline
    • PostgreSQL Packaging for Linux
    • Creating a New PostgreSQL Installation
    • postgresql.conf Memory and Resource Setup
    • Database Log Files and Logging Options
    • Sample Database Installation
    • Reading EXPLAIN Output
    • Setup for Slow Query Logging
    • Using pg_stat_activity
    • Database Statistics
    • Alerting and Monitoring
    • Common Alert Problems
    • Tools for Workload Analysis
    • Replication Base Backup
    • Hot Standby Setup
    • Replication Monitoring
    • Synchronous Replication
    • Scaling with Read-only Standby Servers
    • Logical vs. Physical Replication
    • Replication Scaling Architecture Options
  • FAQs
    Is there a discount available for current students?

    UMBC students and alumni, as well as students who have previously taken a public training course with UMBC Training Centers are eligible for a 10% discount, capped at $250. Please provide a copy of your UMBC student ID or an unofficial transcript or the name of the UMBC Training Centers course you have completed. Online courses are excluded from this offer.

    What is the cancellation and refund policy?

    Student will receive a refund of paid registration fees only if UMBC Training Centers receives a notice of cancellation at least 10 business days prior to the class start date for classes or the exam date for exams.

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