This topic describes how to migrate full data from an Amazon RDS for SQL Server instance to an ApsaraDB RDS for SQL Server instance by using Data Transmission Service (DTS).

Prerequisites

  • The Public accessibility option of the Amazon RDS for SQL Server instance is set to Yes. This ensures that DTS can access the Amazon RDS for SQL Server instance over the Internet.
  • The database version of the Amazon RDS for SQL Server instance is 2005, 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2014, or 2016.
  • An ApsaraDB RDS for SQL Server instance is created. For more information, see Create an ApsaraDB RDS for SQL Server instance.
  • The available storage space of the ApsaraDB RDS for SQL Server instance is larger than the total size of the data in the Amazon RDS for SQL Server instance.

Precautions

  • DTS uses read and write resources of the source and destination databases during full data migration. This may increase the loads of the database servers. If the database performance is unfavorable, the specification is low, or the data volume is large, database services may become unavailable. For example, DTS occupies a large amount of read and write resources in the following cases: a large number of slow SQL queries are performed on the source database, the tables have no primary keys, or a deadlock occurs in the destination database. Before you migrate data, evaluate the impact of data migration on the performance of the source and destination databases. We recommend that you migrate data during off-peak hours. For example, you can migrate data when the CPU utilization of the source and destination databases is less than 30%.
  • Amazon RDS for SQL Server does not support incremental data migration because the sysadmin role is unavailable in Amazon RDS.
  • The tables to be migrated in the source database must have PRIMARY KEY or UNIQUE constraints and all fields must be unique. Otherwise, the destination database may contain duplicate data records.
  • If the name of the source database is invalid, you must create a database in the ApsaraDB RDS for SQL Server instance before you configure a data migration task.
    Note For more information about how to create a database and the database naming conventions, see Create an account and a database for an ApsaraDB RDS instance that runs SQL Server 2012, 2016, 2017 SE, or 2019 SE.
  • If a data migration task fails, DTS automatically resumes the task. Before you switch your workloads to the destination instance, stop or release the data migration task. Otherwise, the data in the source instance will overwrite the data in the destination instance after the task is resumed.

Migration types

  • Schema migration

    DTS migrates the schemas of the required objects to the destination instance. DTS supports schema migration for the following types of objects: table, view, trigger, synonym, SQL stored procedure, SQL function, plan guide, user-defined type, rule, default, and sequence.

  • Full data migration
    DTS migrates historical data of the required objects from the Amazon RDS for SQL Server instance to the ApsaraDB RDS for SQL Server instance.
    Note DTS does not migrate data of the SQL_VARIANT type.

Billing

Migration type Task configuration fee Internet traffic fee
Schema migration and full data migration Free of charge Charged only when data is migrated from Alibaba Cloud over the Internet. For more information, see Pricing.

Permissions required for database accounts

Database Schema migration Full data migration
Amazon RDS for SQL Server The SELECT permission The SELECT permission
ApsaraDB RDS for SQL Server The read and write permissions The read and write permissions

For more information about how to create and authorize a database account, see the following topics:

Process of full data migration

To prevent data migration failures caused by dependencies among objects, DTS migrates the schemas and data of the source SQL Server database in the following order:

  1. Migrate the schemas of tables, views, synonyms, user-defined types, rules, defaults, and plan guides.
  2. Perform full data migration.
  3. Migrate the schemas of SQL stored procedures, SQL functions, triggers, and foreign keys.

Before you begin

  1. Log on to the Amazon RDS Management Console.
  2. Go to the Basic Information page of the Amazon RDS for SQL Server instance.
  3. In the Security group rules section, click the name of the security group corresponding to the existing inbound rule.
    Security group rule
  4. On the Security Groups page, click the Inbound tab in the Security Group section. On the Inbound tab, click Edit to add the CIDR blocks of DTS servers in the corresponding region to the inbound rule. For more information, see Add the CIDR blocks of DTS servers to the security settings of on-premises databases.
    Edit inbound rules
    Note
    • You need to add only the CIDR blocks of DTS servers that reside in the same region as the destination database. For example, the source database resides in the Singapore (Singapore) region and the destination database resides in the China (Hangzhou) region. You need to add only the CIDR blocks of DTS servers that reside in the China (Hangzhou) region.
    • You can add all of the required CIDR blocks to the inbound rule at a time.

Procedure

  1. Log on to the DTS console.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, click Data Migration.
  3. At the top of the Migration Tasks page, select the region where the destination cluster resides.
    Select a region
  4. In the upper-right corner of the page, click Create Migration Task.
  5. Configure the source and destination databases.
    Configure the source and destination databases
    Section Parameter Description
    N/A Task Name DTS automatically generates a task name. We recommend that you specify an informative name for easy identification. You do not need to use a unique task name.
    Source Database Instance Type Select User-Created Database with Public IP Address.
    Instance Region If the instance type is set to User-Created Database with Public IP Address, you do not need to specify the instance region.
    Database Type Select SQL Server.
    Hostname or IP Address Enter the endpoint that is used to access the Amazon RDS for SQL Server instance.
    Note You can obtain the endpoint on the Basic Information page of the Amazon RDS for SQL Server instance.
    Endpoint
    Port Number Enter the service port number of the Amazon RDS for SQL Server instance. The default port number is 1433.
    Database Account Enter the database account of the Amazon RDS for SQL Server instance. For information about permissions required for the account, see Permissions required for database accounts.
    Database Password Enter the password of the database account.
    Note After you specify the source database parameters, click Test Connectivity next to Database Password to verify whether the specified parameters are valid. If the specified parameters are valid, the Passed message appears. If the Failed message appears, click Check next to Failed. Modify the source database parameters based on the check results.
    Destination Database Instance Type Select RDS Instance.
    Instance Region Select the region where the ApsaraDB RDS for SQL Server instance resides.
    RDS Instance ID Select the ID of the ApsaraDB RDS for SQL Server instance.
    Database Account Enter the database account of the ApsaraDB RDS for SQL Server instance. For information about the permissions that are required for the account, see Permissions required for database accounts.
    Database Password Enter the password of the database account.
    Note After you specify the destination database parameters, click Test Connectivity next to Database Password to verify whether the parameters are valid. If the specified parameters are valid, the Passed message appears. If the Failed message appears, click Check next to Failed. Modify the destination database parameters based on the check results.
  6. In the lower-right corner of the page, click Set Whitelist and Next.
    Note DTS adds the CIDR blocks of DTS servers to the whitelist of the ApsaraDB RDS for SQL Server instance. This ensures that DTS servers can connect to the ApsaraDB RDS for SQL Server instance.
  7. Select the migration types and the objects to be migrated.
    Select the migration types and the objects to be migrated
    Setting Description
    Select the migration types Select Schema Migration and Full Data Migration.
    Note
    • Amazon RDS for SQL Server does not support incremental data migration because the sysadmin role is unavailable in Amazon RDS.
    • To ensure data consistency, we recommend that you do not write data to the Amazon RDS for SQL Server instance during data migration.
    Select the objects to be migrated

    Select one or more objects from the Available section and click the Rightwards arrow icon to move the objects to the Selected section.

    Note
    • You can select columns, tables, or databases as the objects to be migrated.
    • By default, after an object is migrated to the destination database, the name of the object remains unchanged. You can use the object name mapping feature to rename the objects that are migrated to the destination database. For more information, see Object name mapping.
    • If you use the object name mapping feature to rename an object, other objects that are dependent on the object may fail to be migrated.
    Specify whether to rename objects You can use the object name mapping feature to rename the objects that are migrated to the destination instance. For more information, see Object name mapping.
    Specify the retry time for failed connections to the source or destination database By default, if DTS fails to connect to the source or destination database, DTS retries within the next 12 hours. You can specify the retry time based on your needs. If DTS reconnects to the source and destination databases within the specified time, DTS resumes the data migration task. Otherwise, the data migration task fails.
    Note When DTS retries a connection, you are charged for the DTS instance. We recommend that you specify the retry time based on your business needs. You can also release the DTS instance at your earliest opportunity after the source and destination instances are released.
  8. In the lower-right corner of the page, click Precheck.
    Note
    • Before you can start the data migration task, a precheck is performed. You can start the data migration task only after the task passes the precheck.
    • If the task fails to pass the precheck, you can click the Info icon icon next to each failed item to view details.
      • You can troubleshoot the issues based on the causes and run a precheck again.
      • If you do not need to troubleshoot the issues, you can ignore failed items and run a precheck again.
  9. After the task passes the precheck, click Next.
  10. In the Confirm Settings dialog box, specify the Channel Specification parameter and select Data Transmission Service (Pay-As-You-Go) Service Terms.
  11. Click Buy and Start to start the data migration task.
    Note We recommend that you do not manually stop a data migration task. Otherwise, data migrated to the destination instance will be incomplete. You can wait until the data migration task automatically stops.
    Full data migration
  12. Switch your workloads to the ApsaraDB RDS for SQL Server instance.