It looks like I've found the problems. To recap: I've got MySQL Server 5.7 on a Windows Server 2012 host running an RT database of ~20GB. My mysqldump backups started becoming truncated for some reason.
I'm not sure how much of this is relevant to Windows, but it turns out this is what was happening: Using the --results-file= instead of > was masking a "max_allowed_packet" problem. Once I switched my backup scripts to use the redirect it appeared. The backup is still crashing, but the size is larger now. I'm tweaking my max_allowed_packet size to get it stable. Also, I saw a note that if you're dumping data to the local host that using "shared memory" is faster than a TCP connection to local host. I'm tempted to try it but if anyone has any experience there I'd appreciate it. Thank you to everyone who helped debug this with me. I hope this helps someone in the future! Stephen Cena Senior Systems Administrator Quality Vision International, Inc. Phone: (585) 544-0450 x300 To notify helpdesk: http://helpdesk.ogp.qvii.com or email: hd-gene...@qvii.com To report email issues: postmas...@qvii.com