Let's face it, database-driven applications are the norm for so many applications. Especially when dealing with Web-based tools (such as CRM, HRM, ERP, etc) databases are a necessity. Because of this your databases must be in top shape. On the typical Linux machine you have two choices: Command line or GUI.
If you go the command line route with MySQL, you may have a long road to travel on the way to becoming a competent enough MySQL administrator to handle such tasks as performing backups, managing users and connections, and alike. Fortunately, there are GUI tools available to help you out with these tasks. One of those tools is the MySQL Administrator. This tool is a GUI tool that will make many of the more challenging tasks, well, not so challenging.
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Who's it for?
MySQL Administrator is for any administrator who needs to keep their MySQL database running as smoothly as possible, but doesn't want to have to depend upon the command line for these tasks.
What problem does it solve?
MySQL Administrator solves the problems usually associated with, what is often considered to be, the more complicated command line MySQL Administration administrative tools. With easy GUI configurations for tasks like MySQL startup parameters, database backup, and more, MySQL Administrator makes your database administrator life much easier.
- Simple to use GUI
- Easy installation
- DB health monitor
- Easy user administration
The biggest problem with MySQL Administrator is that you cannot create databases. Although there is an outstanding tool for this job (PhpMyAdmin), adding the ability to create databases from within this tool would make MySQL Administrator a one-stop shop for MySQL administrators.
Bottom line for business
If you have to administer numerous MySQL databases you should do yourself a favor and give this tool a try. MySQL Administrator will enable you to easily monitor and manage all of your databases and database connections.
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