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Create a New RDS Instance

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Create a new RDS Instance


  • AWS Account with RDS support.  You must Sign Up for Amazon RDS before you can launch RDS instances.
  • 'actor' user role privileges


Navigate to Clouds > the AWS regionRDS Instances > New

Fill out the following fields appropriately:

To create a new RDS instance, provide the following information:

  • Deployment - Specify a Deployment to associate with your RDS instance, where it will be viewable at the bottom of the Deployment's Servers tab. Note: An RDS instance will not be included in usage reports and will not be included when a Deployment is cloned.
  • Name - Provide a unique name/identifier for the RDS instance. If the name is not in lowercase characters, it will be converted. (e.g. my-test-1)
  • Master username - Enter the username that you will use to log into MySQL.
  • Master user password - Enter the password that you will use to log into MySQL.
  • Instance class - Select the type of RDS instance you want to launch. AWS uses a unique class of instance types that are designed for RDS instances. (e.g. db.m1.small)
  • Engine - The version of the MySQL or Oracle engine of the RDS instance.
  • Allocated storage in GB - The size of the RDS instance in GB that's allocated for storage. Valid Range: 5-1024GB. (Default: 25)
  • Endpoint Port - The RDS instance's endpoint port. If you leave this field blank (recommended), the default port for MySQL (3306) will be used.
  • Availability Zone - The availability zone into which the RDS instance will be created and launched. The default is "any", meaning an availability zone is selected at random from the correct region. For billing purposes, you might want to use the same availability zone as the Server instances that will be connecting to it.
  • RDS Subnet Group - The group of RDS Subnets for the VPC.
  • IOPS - You can specify a minimum of 1,000 IOPS with 100GB up to a maximum of 10,000 IOPS with 1TB of storage for MySQL and Oracle databases at a rate of 1,000 IOPS per 100GB (for example, 1,000 IOPS per 100GB, 2,000 IOPS per 200GB, 3,000 IOPS per 300GB, etc.). If you are using SQL Servers, then the maximum IOPS you can provision is 7,000 IOPS. Note: only specify this value if you are going to use IOPS. Otherwise, leave this blank.
  • License model - The options you can choose from are 'bring-your-own-licence' which lets you use an existing Oracle Database license, 'license-is-included' is used for Windows SQL databases, and 'general-public-license' is used for MySQL databases.
  • DB name - This is the name for the Oracle System ID (SID) you're attempting to connect to. The default is 'oracl'. Note if you are connecting to an instance other than Oracle, you can leave this field blank.
  • Multi-AZ - Indicates that the RDS instance will be used in a multiple availability zone configuration. If true (checked) then the Availability Zone must not be selected. If checked, Amazon will create a redundant copy of the instance in a different availability zone however, you will only have access to the main instance and not the copy.
  • Auto minor version upgrade - If checked, Amazon will automatically upgrade the instance's version of MySQL. For example, if your instance is using MySQL v5.1.50 and Amazon later supports v5.1.51 for RDS instances, your instance's MySQL engine will automatically be upgraded at that time during one of the maintenance windows.
  • Backup retention period - AWS performs regular backups of the RDS instance. For typical workloads, you should be able to restore your database to any point in time within your retention period, up to the last five minutes. Specify the desired length of your retention period in number of days. Valid Range: 1-8 (Default: 1)
  • Preferred backup window - AWS will automatically perform a daily backup your database during your predefined backup window. Specify a 2-hour window (GMT timezone) for backups (HH:MM-HH:MM). If this field is left blank, the default window will be used (03:00-05:00).
  • Preferred maintenance window - AWS will periodically perform maintenance on your RDS instance. Specify a 4-hour window (GMT timezone) during non peak time that's ideal for maintenance purposes. (Day:HH:MM-Day:HH:MM) If this field is left blank, the default window will be used (sun:05:00-sun:09:00).
  • RDS Security Group(s) - If unspecified, a 'default' security group will be used. If it does not exist, it will be created for you. You can also select multiple security groups.
  • RDS Parameter Group - If unspecified, the 'default.mysql5.1' parameter group will be used. If it does not exist, it will be created for you. You can only select one RDS Parameter Group.
Clouds > AWS Region > RDS Instances > New

Tip:  Use the (?) for additional help on specific fields when available.

  • Click the Launch action button when ready


Note:  Currently, there is no way to save a new RDS instance's configuration settings without launching it.

Once its status becomes 'available' the RDS instance is accessible.

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12:46, 2 Oct 2013



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