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Since version 5.2.6, MySQL Workbench has included functionality for managing server instances. A server instance is created to provide a way of connecting to a server to be managed. The first step is to create a server instance if none exists, or to work with an existing server instance.
MySQL Workbench also provides functionality to administer and configure a server using these server instances. Thus, the Server Administrator functionality can be broadly grouped into two main areas:
Creating and managing server instances
Administration and configuration functions using a server instance
The Workspace section of the Home window has an area for Server Administration tasks. This section of the Workspace has the following action items:
Server Administration (icon)
New Server Instance
Manage Data Import/Export
Manage Server Instances
The following sections describe each of these action items.