Migrating On-premise PostgresSQL to Cloud SQL

In this post I'll cover what it takes to move an on-premise PostgresSQL database into a Cloud SQL instance.  I've already migrated a workgroup server, but I could have just as easily kept my workgroup server on-premise.  At the end of this I'll have all of my Content Manager infrastructure within a secure, private, fully-managed cloud infrastructure.

The first task is to generate a  SQL dump from PostgresSQL but with no extension related statements.  I'll need to install GnuWin so that I can leverage the sed command.  I executed the pg_dump command, piped the results through sed and then to disk (as shown below).


Next I created a bucket named "postgressql-backup" and uploaded the file.  Although I could have done this via the command line, I preferred to use the cloud console. 


Next, I go over to my Cloud SQL instance and select import. 


Then I can click Browse, navigate to the file in the bucket, and select it.


Lastly, I need to select the target database within my instance and then click Import.


After clicking Import, I returned to the Cloud SQL overview dashboard to monitor the progress.  Eventually I'll see a notification once the import has completed.


Now I connect to my Content Manager Workgroup Server and launch the Enterprise Studio.  Here I am registering a dataset because I've also decommissioned the original workgroup server.  Alternatively, I could have modified the connection string of an existing dataset.  I used all of the settings from the Cloud SQL instance  when configuring the connection string, as shown below.


I completed the wizard and was shown a message indicting success.

A quick check of the client shows me everything worked. 


Sweet!  Now my DemoDB dataset fully resides within the cloud!

PostgresSQL in GCP

If you're like me and are moving to the GCP stack, you'll find you have a few extra steps to undertake when preparing your infrastructure. 

First, you'll have to manually install the PostgresSQL ODBC drivers on your VM instance.  You can download them from the PostgresSQL website, locate here: 


Second, you create your PostgresSQL instance within your GCP project.  This was super simple.... click, click, click, done.


Next I secured access between my PostgresSQL instance and the VM instance.  After that, it is necessary to create a schema for your Content Manager database.  Content Manager will throw up on the screen if you don't have one already prepared.  

To resolve the issue you'll need to manually create your schema within the database.  I did this via the gcloud shell, but you could do this locally from your gcloud SDK (or any database management tool capable of managing a PostgresSQL instance).


Only draw-back to this cloud instance of PostgresSQL is there is no GIS support...


Now that my Content Manager instance is fully in the cloud I can leverage all of the really cool features of the GCP stack!