Setting up mysql server. VPS ie


Since we have quite a few VPSie apps which are using mysql database, and we don’t want to force anyone in using a preset password we have left that to your choice. To set up a root password for mysql servers you have to have a running mysql server therefore you have to run the following command:

#service mysqld restart

Now since you are sure that you have successfully restarted the server you can check if your mysql server is actually running by running a netstat on your linux.

#netstat -ntlp

This will show you all the applications which are listening on your server. The output should look something like this:

# netstat -ntlp
Active Internet connections (only servers)
Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address           Foreign Address         State       PID/Program name
tcp        0      0*               LISTEN      960/mysqld      
tcp        0      0    *               LISTEN      904/nginx       
tcp        0      0    *               LISTEN      876/sshd        
tcp6       0      0 :::80                   :::*                    LISTEN      904/nginx       
tcp6       0      0 :::22                   :::*                    LISTEN      876/sshd        

Mysql servers are running by default on port 3306 therefore if you see the port 3306 listening you are good to go.
Next step is to set the root password so that noone would have passwordless access to your databases. You will be doing that by using the following command:

#mysqladmin -u root password 'some_very_hard_and_complicated_password'

To check that the password was configured you can login to your mysql database:

#mysql -u root -p
Enter password:
Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 39
Server version: 5.5.37-0ubuntu0.14.04.1 (Ubuntu)

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affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective

Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input statement.


When prompted for the password use the password which you have configured the previous step.
To leave the mysql prompt just type quit or \q.

In case you have lost/forgotten your mysql root password you can reset it. For that first you will need to stop the mysql server and start it in safe mode.

#service mysqld stop
#mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables

You should see the mysql server started and be able to log in without a password into it. Now connect to the mysql database and run the following query to reset your mysql password:

#mysql --user=root mysql
mysql> update user set Password=PASSWORD('new-password') where user='root';
mysql> flush privileges;
mysql> exit;

Kill your running mysql service and start it normally.

#killall -9 mysqld_safe
#service mysqld start

Now your mysql password has been reset and you can safely login to your database with your new password.


You can actually try those MySQL server steps on our platform in few minutes utilizing our PCS (Private Cloud Solution) which allows you to have VPSie(s) on a private network – NAT – Port forward – traffic control for inbound and outbound – multiple gateway IPs which you could use for the load-balancing and failover.

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