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5.6.2.2 Starting Multiple MySQL Instances as Windows Services

On Windows, a MySQL server can run as a Windows service. The procedures for installing, controlling, and removing a single MySQL service are described in Section 2.3.5.7, “Starting MySQL as a Windows Service”.

To set up multiple MySQL services, you must make sure that each instance uses a different service name in addition to the other parameters that must be unique per instance.

For the following instructions, suppose that you want to run the mysqld server from two different versions of MySQL that are installed at C:\mysql-5.5.9 and C:\mysql-5.6.32, respectively. (This might be the case if you are running 5.5.9 as your production server, but also want to conduct tests using 5.6.32.)

To install MySQL as a Windows service, use the --install or --install-manual option. For information about these options, see Section 2.3.5.7, “Starting MySQL as a Windows Service”.

Based on the preceding information, you have several ways to set up multiple services. The following instructions describe some examples. Before trying any of them, shut down and remove any existing MySQL services.

  • Approach 1: Specify the options for all services in one of the standard option files. To do this, use a different service name for each server. Suppose that you want to run the 5.5.9 mysqld using the service name of mysqld1 and the 5.6.32 mysqld using the service name mysqld2. In this case, you can use the [mysqld1] group for 5.5.9 and the [mysqld2] group for 5.6.32. For example, you can set up C:\my.cnf like this:

    # options for mysqld1 service
    [mysqld1]
    basedir = C:/mysql-5.5.9
    port = 3307
    enable-named-pipe
    socket = mypipe1
    
    # options for mysqld2 service
    [mysqld2]
    basedir = C:/mysql-5.6.32
    port = 3308
    enable-named-pipe
    socket = mypipe2
    

    Install the services as follows, using the full server path names to ensure that Windows registers the correct executable program for each service:

    C:\> C:\mysql-5.5.9\bin\mysqld --install mysqld1
    C:\> C:\mysql-5.6.32\bin\mysqld --install mysqld2
    

    To start the services, use the services manager, or use NET START with the appropriate service names:

    C:\> NET START mysqld1
    C:\> NET START mysqld2
    

    To stop the services, use the services manager, or use NET STOP with the appropriate service names:

    C:\> NET STOP mysqld1
    C:\> NET STOP mysqld2
    
  • Approach 2: Specify options for each server in separate files and use --defaults-file when you install the services to tell each server what file to use. In this case, each file should list options using a [mysqld] group.

    With this approach, to specify options for the 5.5.9 mysqld, create a file C:\my-opts1.cnf that looks like this:

    [mysqld]
    basedir = C:/mysql-5.5.9
    port = 3307
    enable-named-pipe
    socket = mypipe1
    

    For the 5.6.32 mysqld, create a file C:\my-opts2.cnf that looks like this:

    [mysqld]
    basedir = C:/mysql-5.6.32
    port = 3308
    enable-named-pipe
    socket = mypipe2
    

    Install the services as follows (enter each command on a single line):

    C:\> C:\mysql-5.5.9\bin\mysqld --install mysqld1
               --defaults-file=C:\my-opts1.cnf
    C:\> C:\mysql-5.6.32\bin\mysqld --install mysqld2
               --defaults-file=C:\my-opts2.cnf
    

    When you install a MySQL server as a service and use a --defaults-file option, the service name must precede the option.

    After installing the services, start and stop them the same way as in the preceding example.

To remove multiple services, use mysqld --remove for each one, specifying a service name following the --remove option. If the service name is the default (MySQL), you can omit it.


User Comments
  Posted by Mukesh Vishwakarma on February 17, 2012
You need copy /mysql/data/mysql folder to your other installation's data folder ... just in case given instructions are not working.

Also you need to look at error log file for detail debuging info
  Posted by Mukesh Vishwakarma on February 23, 2012
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