Percona Monitoring, Backup and Restore (Advanced)


Percona Monitoring and Management (PMM) is a platform for managing and monitoring your Percona cluster. See the PMM documentation.

Running PMM Server

Install PMM Server on a single machine of your cluster.

docker create \
  -v /opt/prometheus/data \
  -v /opt/consul-data \
  -v /var/lib/mysql \
  -v /var/lib/grafana \
  --name pmm-data \
  percona/pmm-server:latest /bin/true

docker run -d \
  -p 80:80 \
  --volumes-from pmm-data \
  --name pmm-server \

Installing PMM Client

You need to configure the Percona repositories first, as described above. Install and configure PMM Client on all the machines that are running Percona.

sudo apt-get install pmm-client
sudo pmm-admin config --server ${PMM_HOST}:${PMM_PORT}


You can take backups with the XtraBackup tool. The command below creates a backup in /data/backups.

xtrabackup --backup --target-dir=/data/backups/


Stop the Cluster

Stop the Percona cluster by shutting down nodes one by one. Prepare the backup to restore using

xtrabackup --prepare --target-dir=/data/backups/

Restore from a Backup

mv '{{ data-directory }}' '{{ data-directory-backup }}'
xtrabackup --copy-back --target-dir=/data/backups/
sudo chown -R mysql:mysql '{{ data-directory }}'

Note that you might need the data in {{ data-direcotry-backup }} in case you need to repair and replay from the binlog, as described below.

Start the first Node

/etc/init.d/mysql bootstrap-pxc


You can recover from some accidents, e.g. a table drop, by restoring the last backup and then applying the binlog up to the offending statement.

Replay the Binary Log

XtraBackup records the binlog position of the backup in xtrabackup_binlog_info. Use this positon to start replaying the binlog from your data directory (e.g. /var/lib/mysql, or the target directory of the move command used in the backup step above).

mysqlbinlog '{{ binlog-file }}' --start-position=<start-position> > binlog.sql

In case there are offending statements, such as accidental table drops, you can open binlog.sql for examination.

Optionally can also pass --base64-output=decode-rows to decode every statement into a human readable format.

mysqlbinlog $BINLOG_FILE --start-position=$START_POS --stop-position=$STOP_POS > binlog.sql
# Replay the binlog
mysql -u root -p < binlog.sql

Start remaining Nodes

Finally, start the remaining nodes of the cluster.

Restarting a Cluster

When all nodes of the cluster are down, manual intervention is needed to bring the cluster back up. On the node with the most advanced replication index, set safe_to_bootstrap: 1 in the file grastate.dat in the data directory. You can use SHOW GLOBAL STATUS LIKE 'wsrep_last_committed'; to find out the sequence number of the last committed transaction. Or, if MySQL is down, use mysqld_safe --wsrep-recover. This command prints the recovered position. Once you have found the most advanced node, start that node using /etc/init.d/mysql bootstrap-pxc. Bring back one node at a time and watch the logs. If a SST is required, the first node can only serve as a donor for one node a time.

See the documentation of the safe to bootstrap feature. Similar to restoring from backup, restarting the entire cluster is an operation that deserves practice. See the documentation of this feature.