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PostgreSQL Administration Training

The PostgreSQL Administration training class teaches students how to build, query, administer, backup, and secure PostgreSQL. Skills Gained Learn the fundamentals of working at the Linux command line...

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Duration 4 days
Available Formats Classroom

The PostgreSQL Administration training class teaches students how to build, query, administer, backup, and secure PostgreSQL.

Skills Gained

  • Learn the fundamentals of working at the Linux command line
  • Install PostgreSQL
  • Create databases and users
  • Write PSQL to query and manage the database
  • Perform backup and disaster recovery
  • Work with inheritance, partitioning, and tablespaces
  • Manage free space
  • Secure PostgreSQL
  • Create high availability and high-performance solutions


All PostgreSQL Administration training students should have experience with database administration on another platform (though we can tailor class to attendees without this experience on request). Trainees should also be comfortable with navigating within and editing files in a Linux environment. An understanding of SQL statements is also helpful.

Course Details


PostgreSQL Introduction & Architecture

  • Introduction and History
  • The rise of PostgreSQL Popularity
  • Getting support for PostgreSQL
  • The PostgreSQL community
  • Getting started with PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL Installation

  • Installation options: Binary vs. Source
  • Binary Installation
  • Source Installation
  • Discuss PostgreSQL distributions
  • Discuss cloud and hosted PostgreSQL

The PostgreSQL Cluster

  • High-level PostgreSQL architecture
  • Definition of a cluster
  • Common PostgreSQL executables
  • Initializing a PostgreSQL Cluster
  • Cluster configuration files
  • Starting and Stopping a PostgreSQL Cluster

Creating Databases and Users

  • Templates
  • Creating PostgreSQL Databases
  • Users, Groups, and Roles
  • PostgreSQL role inheritance

Security – Host-Based Authentication

  • The pg_hba.conf file

PostgreSQL Configuration

  • The postgresql.conf file
  • Making persistent configuration changes

Introduction to PSQL

  • Connecting the PSQL client
  • PSQL command line parameters
  • PSQL l meta Commands
  • PSQL input and output

PostgreSQL Database Objects

  • PostgreSQL data type overview
  • Discussion of PostgreSQL schemas
  • Object names and search path
  • Creating, altering, and dropping tables
  • Creating and dropping views
  • Creating, refreshing, dropping materialized views
  • Notes on COMMIT
  • Notes on case sensitivity

Copying and Importing Data with PostgreSQL

  • PostgreSQL data import and export methods
  • COPY
  • Copy PSQL meta command


  • Overview of basic pgAdmin features and utilities
  • Demonstration of pgAdmin dashboards

PostgreSQL Encryption

  • Discussion of encryption at rest
  • Discussion of encryption in transit
  • The future of PostgreSQL encryption
  • Basic SSL server setup and configuration

PostgreSQL Backup and Recovery

  • PostgreSQL logical backup
  • PostgreSQL physical backup
  • Using pg_dump
  • Using pg_dumpall
  • Recovery from logical backups
  • Using pg_restore
  • Performing an offline physical backup
  • Using pg_basebackup
  • Recovery from a physical backup

PostgreSQL Streaming Replication

  • Overview
  • Discussion of PostgreSQL replication options
  • Setup a hot-standby configuration
  • Monitoring
  • Replication slots

PostgreSQL Internals – System Catalogs and Cluster Settings

  • Overview of system catalogs
  • Overview of system views
  • Modifying cluster settings

Logging and Monitoring Tools

  • Logging SQL queries
  • System log configuration and management
  • Installing and using pg_stat_statements
  • PostgreSQL stats views
  • Query analysis with EXPLAIN
  • Visualizing EXPLAIN output

Upgrading PostgreSQL

  • Minor version upgrades
  • Major version upgrades
  • Discussion of data conversion
  • pg_upgrade

Logical Replication

  • Features of PostgreSQL native logical replication
  • Setup a logical replication configuration

Continuous Archiving and Point In Time Recovery (PITR)

  • Configuring PostgreSQL Point In Time Recovery
  • Recovering from a PITR backup
  • Recovering to a specific point in time
  • Discussion of popular backup utilities