Various plugins like LogBlock/BigBrother use a MySQL database to function, or can use a MySQL database to function. However, for a beginner server admin and savvy alike, it can be a daunting process. Therefore, I'm making a quick and easy guide on how to step-by-step install mysql, configure it, and make a database. +Part 1: Installing MySQL +Part 2: Creating a user and database Part 1: Lets begin to install MySQL's files: Open an SSH terminal and type in sudo apt-get install mysql-server > hit enter This will ask you a y/n question, answer yes. Then, it will ask you for a root password. Enter in a secure password and write it down/remember it. then type in sudo apt-get install mysql-client > hit enter Again, answer yes to the question. They basically ask if you want to install it. Now, you are done with installing the two packages you'll need for MySQL. Not so hard, right? Part 2: Lets create the database within MySQL In an SSH Terminal, type this and hit enter mysql -u root -p It asks you for that root password. Enter it, however, you wont see it typing, it's invisible. Just hit enter when your done. Now you'll see something like this: mysql>. In that, type this to create your database mysqladmin -u root -p create minecraft This will prompt you for the root password again. Enter it! Congratulations, you've made a database called, minecraft. Lets enter this mysqladmin -u root -p reload, to reload MySQL. Enter your root password again. Database done! Now, lets create your user that the plugin will use, enter this in the terminal GRANT ALL ON minecraft.* TO user@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'mypassword' Replace mypassword, with well, your password. User can also be changed for the username. Congratulations! You've installed MySQL, made the database 'minecraft', and made a user for it as well. Now, you can use LogBlock,BigBrother or all those other good plugins using a database. I wont touch base on DB Tables, as most plugins auto generate those for you now. Enjoy!