Getting started with Amazon RDS

The best way to understand Amazon RDS is to review the Getting Started Guide, part of our Technical Documentation. Once you are ready to create your own DB Instance and start building applications, you can use the AWS Management Console or Amazon RDS APIs to launch a DB Instance in minutes.

The AWS Free Tier for Amazon RDS offer provides free use of Single-AZ Micro DB instances running SQL Server Express Edition. The free usage tier is capped at 750 instance hours per month. Customers also receive 20 GB of database storage, 10 million I/Os and 20 GB of backup storage for free per month.

By default, customers are allowed to have up to a total of 40 Amazon RDS DB instances. Of those 40, up to 10 can be SQL Server DB Instances under the "License Included" model.  If you wish to run more DB Instances, please complete this form and we will promptly respond to your request.

Amazon RDS Documentation

Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) is a web service that makes it easier to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. It provides cost-efficient, resizable capacity for an industry-standard relational database and manages common database administration tasks.

Amazon RDS User Guide
Describes all Amazon RDS concepts and provides instructions on using the various features with both the console and the command line interface.

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Amazon RDS in the AWS CLI Reference
Describes all the CLI commands for Amazon RDS in detail. Provides all syntax. Also provides examples for the most common commands.

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Amazon Aurora User Guide
Describes all Amazon Aurora concepts and provides instructions on using the various features with both the console and the command line interface.

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API Reference
Describes all the API operations for Amazon RDS in detail. Also provides sample requests, responses, and errors for the supported web services protocols.

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Performance Insights API Reference
Describes all the API operations for Amazon RDS Performance Insights in detail. Also provides sample requests, responses, and errors for the supported web service protocols.

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