Before we get deep in the weeds, I want to cover some housekeeping items.
Starting off, let's talk about the format. TiDB for MySQL DBAs uses a combination of videos and hands-on exercises. You will need a Google Cloud Platform, or GCP, account in order to complete the tutorials, and a Google Kubernetes Engine cluster of 3x n1-standard instances. GCP comes with a $300 credit for the first year of usage, which is more than enough to complete this course.
If you have trouble with any of the exercises, you can reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. Myself and the team at PingCAP are ready and eager to help you and aim to get back to you within a 24 hour timeframe.
We have built this course to work within the performance limitations of n1-standard instances with network attached storage. But in order to give you a touch of production experience, some commands (such as adding an index on a large table) may take up to 10 minutes to run. We will do our best to give you a heads up when a step in an exercise will take some time so that you can use this opportunity to take a break and stretch your legs. But for the most part know that this is intentional on our part. We want to simulate a touch of real-world experience.
OK. I think that's it. Continue on and let's get started!