Posted On: Nov 7, 2016

Amazon RDS for SQL Server now supports Microsoft SQL Server 2016 for Express, Web, Standard and Enterprise Editions. You can now leverage SQL Server 2016 features such as Query Store, Operational Analytics, Temporal Tables, Always Encrypted and JSON Support on your Amazon RDS SQL Server Instances. 

Amazon RDS for SQL Server 2016 can be deployed using the licenses you currently own, with the ‘Bring Your Own License’ option or by paying for licenses by the hour with the ‘License Included option’.  

To create a new Amazon RDS for SQL Server 2016 DB Instance, use the "Launch DB Instance" wizard in the AWS Management Console, choose SQL Server and select “13.0.2164.0” as the DB Engine Version. SQL Server 2016 is now available on Amazon RDS in all AWS regions except South America (São Paulo). 

You can learn more about deploying Microsoft SQL Server 2016 DB instances on Amazon RDS in the Amazon RDS documentation. Visit the product page to learn more about Amazon RDS for SQL Server.