Install and Configure MySQL 5 on Windows

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The next step is to set the option that best suites your estimated conccurrent connection usage. This really depends on what applications you'll be using, and how many. You need to be mindful of this limit as many MySQL buffer/cache settings are per connection based, so setting this too high may leave your server open for a memory usage blow out. As a general purpose database server for web applications I suggest using the Decision Support (DSS)/OLAP option which sets the concurrent connection limit to 20 which is pretty safe. Once you have made your selection click the Next button at the bottom as shown below in figure 11 to continue.


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The next page in the configuration wizard allows you to enable/disable networking support, and enable/disable the MySQL strict mode. Ensure that you have the Enable TCP/IP Networking option checked, but I actually recommend that your uncheck the Enable Strict Mode option even though it is on by default and recommended in the configuration wizard. This is because a lot of web applications do not work with MySQL running in strict mode (just do a Google search on it), so unless you have a specific reason for enabling it I suggest leaving it unchecked. Once you have made your selection click the Next button at the bottom to continue as shown below in figure 12.


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Here you can set the default character set used by MySQL. Leave it as the default Standard Character Set unless you require otherwise. This does not disabled other chracter sets, and most applications that require a specifc character set will define it in their installtion process. Click the Next button to continue as shown below in figure 13.


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In this step we set the Windows specific options which include running MySQL as a service and adding MySQL to the system path. Ensure that the Install As Windows Service and Launch MySQL Server Automatically options are checked. I also recommend that you check the Include Bin Directory in Windows PATH option so that you can execute the MySQL tools from anywhere when using the command line. This can be handy when creating automated scripts for backups, etc. Once you've made your selection click the Next button at the bottom as shown below in figure 14.


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This step is very important as here you set the root password. The root account is equivalent to the Windows administrator account, so be sure to set a strong password (alphanumeric & atleast 6 characters) that you are going to remember. I don't recommend checking the Enable root access for remote machines option if this server is going to be exposed to the Internet, nor to I recommend checking the Create An Anonymous Account option. Click Next to continue on to complete the configuration wizard as shown below in figure 15.


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After setting the password you'll be presented with a page confriming your settings. Click the Execute button at the bottom and the configuration wizard will go ahead and implement your settings. Once completed you should be presented with a page as shown below in figure 16 showing that everything was sucessful and that the MySQL service is now using the new settings. Press Finish to complete this configuration wizard and exit.


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That's it, all done! You now have your MySQL server up and running and you can start using MySQL based applications. All your MySQL settings are stored in a file called my.ini in the root of your MySQL installation, and you can reconfigure your server at any time by editing this file directly or running the configuration wizard again. If you are going to use PHP applications with MySQL, be sure to check out my guide on installing PHP 5 on IIS in 5 simple steps. Be sure to check back for new articles on how to create & delete users and databases, assign permissions and other general MySQL administration task. Also keep an eye out for future articles that will cover the basics of MySQL performance tuning. As always, if you need any help please feel free to ask questions in the forums (registration required).

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Anonymous's picture

MySQL ODBC Connector

Hi Dominic,

I did get the ODBC drivers working although I had to install them in reverse that is version 5.1 first followed by version 3.5 not that I need version 3.5 anymore. Thanks for your help.

Anonymous's picture

This is a great tutorial but

This is a great tutorial but i get the following error on the last step: Service could not be started any idea how to fix this?

Anonymous's picture

im stuck

in the mysql server configuration wizard,if i select the port no as 3306 and then when i click next ,next and then execute it says 'cannot create Windows service for Mysql Error:0'
same error when i select the port no 3307,3308,3309

some body among the lot help me in this...please

Brashquido's picture

Remove instance and try again

Have a look at this blog post and see if the solution posted there helps at all.

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Dominic Ryan
6 x Microsoft IIS MVP, MCSE, MCSA
IIS Aid owner/webmaster

Anonymous's picture

Install and Configure MySQL 5 on Windows Tutorial

This is very good tutorial. Actually I tried to install MySQL msi package for 10 times but getting some exception thing block my installation. With the help of this guide i could actually installed MySQL in just 10 minutes.
Thanks lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous's picture

mysql command client line and mysql server 5.1

i have to download and installed mysql command line client and mysql server 5.1

Anonymous's picture

Don't get MySQL Configuration Wizard

Hi,

When I get to the Wizard Completed window the "Configure the MySQL Server now" box is already checked, but when I click "Finish" it doesn't come up.

I've uninstalled and reinstalled and made sure I selected the check box myself, but the results are the same.

Any clues as to why this is happening?

Russ :(

Anonymous's picture

RE: Don't get MySQL Configuration Wizard

Oh! I forgot to mention I'm doing this on Windows 7.

Russ :)

Brashquido's picture

Run it manually

Not sure what would be causing it not to run. Had you tried pressing shift + tab in case it had popped up in the background? In any case you should be able to go to the MySQL program group in your start menu and launch the config wizard manually.

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Dominic Ryan
6 x Microsoft IIS MVP, MCSE, MCSA
IIS Aid owner/webmaster

Anonymous's picture

to good tutorial....

to good tutorial....