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21.3 MySQL Process Discovery Advisor

The MySQL Process Discovery Advisor enables you to find and, optionally, establish a connection with unmonitored MySQL instances. If you choose not to attempt a connection with the discovered instances, they are listed in the Unmonitored MySQL Instances list on the MySQL Instances dashboard.


If you disable this advisor, notifications for unmonitored instances, and the associated events, are not displayed in the user interface.

Table 21.1 MySQL Process Discovery Advisor Controls

Name Description

Attempt Connection

Whether or not to attempt a connection. If this is set to No, the advisor continues to raise events related to unmonitored instances.

If set to Yes, a connection is attempted using the credentials supplied.

Alert Level

Level of alert generated if an unmonitored instance is discovered.

Admin User

The root user of the instance, or a user that has the SUPER, CREATE, and INSERT privileges on the schema in which the inventory table is created. The inventory table stores unique identifiers for the instance, and is created in the mysql schema by default.

The SUPER privilege is required to temporarily switch off replication when creating and populating the inventory table.

If you choose to enable the Auto-Create Less Privileged Users option, this user is used to create those with the required privileges to monitor this instance. In this case, it also requires the PROCESS, REPLICATION CLIENT, SELECT, and SHOW DATABASES privileges globally with GRANT OPTION.

Admin Password

The password for the Admin User.

Auto-Create Less Privileged Users

When monitoring an instance, multiple levels of user can be employed to ensure that a Process connection is not held open indefinitely.

  • General User: used for general monitoring tasks that do not require SUPER level privileges, and is always connected.

  • Limited User: used for potentially long running statements running with SELECT only privileges.

If you do not have appropriate users already, they are automatically created if this option is selected. Using these lower privileged users is recommended.

General User

This user handles general monitoring tasks that do not require SUPER level privileges. Lower privileged users are used instead of a SUPER user, unless higher privileges are required. In which case we temporarily log in as the SUPER privileged user, and then fall back to the general user. If you are manually managing this user, it should have at least the PROCESS, REPLICATION CLIENT, SELECT, and SHOW DATABASES privileges globally.

General Password

The password for the user with general privileges.

Limited User

This user is used for statements that are limited to a single connection, and can be run with global SELECT privileges. Examples of these kinds of statements include retrieving database metadata from INFORMATION_SCHEMA tables, or any custom SQL that is used to monitor application specific statistics. If you are manually managing this user, it should have at least the SELECT and SHOW DATABASES privileges globally.

Limited Password

The password for the user with limited privileges.

MySQL Instance Identity Source

Choose the mechanism used to generate a unique identity for the MySQL instance if one does not already exist.

  • Default: uses either the server_uuid variable, if present, or generates a random new identity.

  • Host plus Data Directory: uses a hash of the host identity and the path to the MySQL instances data directory to create a unique identity. The host_and_datadir option can only be used when the agent is running on the same host as the MySQL instance for this connection.

Default auto-close enabled yes