Q: What database versions does Amazon RDS for SQL Server support?
Q: Which features are supported by RDS for SQL Server?
You can check the list of supported features in the Amazon RDS User Guide.
Q: How does Amazon RDS distinguish between “major” and “minor” versions of SQL Server?
In the context of RDS for SQL Server, version number is typically organized as follows:
SQL Server version = X.Y.Z.A.B
X = Major Database version, Z/A/B = Minor Version
For example, 13.00.2164.0.v1 to 13.00.4001.v1 would be a minor version upgrade while 12.00.5000.0.v1 -> 13.00.2164.0.v1 would be a major version upgrade
We follow Microsoft SQL Server conventions in our version names.
Q: Does Amazon RDS provide guidelines for upgrading engine versions or deprecation of engine versions that are currently supported?
Yes. Please refer to the Amazon RDS FAQs.