Restoring an On-Premises SQL Instance to an Amazon RDS for SQL Server Instance

You can restore an on-premises SQL Server instance to an Amazon RDS for SQL Server instance.

Before You Begin

  • Perform a full backup. For more information, see Backing Up Amazon RDS SQL Databases.


    The backup must be a single stream traditional backup. If you select a point-in-time restore, then the software restores the full backup and discards the log backups.


  1. In the row for the instance, click the action button action_button, and then click Restore.

    The Backup content dialog box appears.

  2. Select the content to restore, and then click Restore.

    The Restore options dialog box appears.

  3. From the Destination server list, select the Amazon RDS SQL server to restore the data to.

  4. From the Proxy client list, select the access node to use for the restore.

  5. In the Staging path on proxy client box, enter the full path for the location to stage the database to.

  6. To overwrite the files of any other database that is currently using the database that you specify, select the Unconditionally overwrite existing databases or files check box.

  7. To restore a database after dropping all existing connections to the database, select the Drop connections to database check box.

  8. To change the database name, do the following:

    1. Under Data files, select the file.

    2. In the Database name box, enter the new name.

  9. Click Submit.