Tutorial: Restore an Amazon RDS DB instance from a DB snapshot - Amazon Relational Database Service
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Tutorial: Restore an Amazon RDS DB instance from a DB snapshot

Often, when working with Amazon RDS you might have a DB instance that you work with occasionally but don't need full time. For example, suppose that you have a quarterly customer survey that uses an Amazon EC2 instance to host a customer survey website. You also have a DB instance that is used to store the survey results. One way to save money on such a scenario is to take a DB snapshot of the DB instance after the survey is completed. You then delete the DB instance and restore it when you need to conduct the survey again.

When you restore the DB instance, you provide the name of the DB snapshot to restore from. You then provide a name for the new DB instance that's created from the restore operation.

For more detailed information on restoring DB instances from snapshots, see Restoring from a DB snapshot.

Restoring a DB instance from a DB snapshot

Use the following procedure to restore from a snapshot in the Amazon Web Services Management Console.

To restore a DB instance from a DB snapshot
  1. Sign in to the Amazon Web Services Management Console and open the Amazon RDS console at https://console.amazonaws.cn/rds/.

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Snapshots.

  3. Choose the DB snapshot that you want to restore from.

  4. For Actions, choose Restore snapshot.

    Restore snapshot option in the Actions menu in the RDS console

    The Restore snapshot page appears.

    Restore snapshot page
  5. Under DB instance settings, use the default settings for DB engine and License model (for Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server).

  6. Under Settings, for DB instance identifier enter the unique name that you want to use for the restored DB instance, for example mynewdbinstance.

    If you're restoring from a DB instance that you deleted after you made the DB snapshot, you can use the name of that DB instance.

  7. Under Availability & durability, choose whether to create a standby instance in another Availability Zone.

    For this tutorial, don't create a standby instance.

  8. Under Connectivity, use the default settings for the following:

    • Virtual private cloud (VPC)

    • DB subnet group

    • Public access

    • VPC security group (firewall)

  9. Choose the DB instance class.

    For this tutorial, choose Burstable classes (includes t classes), and then choose db.t3.small.

  10. For Encryption, use the default settings.

    If the source DB instance for the snapshot was encrypted, the restored DB instance is also encrypted. You can't make it unencrypted.

  11. Expand Additional configuration at the bottom of the page.

    Additional configuration
  12. Do the following under Database options:

    1. Choose the DB parameter group.

      For this tutorial, use the default parameter group.

    2. Choose the Option group.

      For this tutorial, use the default option group.


      In some cases, you might restore from a DB snapshot of a DB instance that uses a persistent or permanent option. If so, make sure to choose an option group that uses the same option.

    3. For Deletion protection, choose the Enable deletion protection check box.

  13. Choose Restore DB instance.

The Databases page displays the restored DB instance, with a status of Creating.

Restored DB instance on the Databases page