This topic describes how to update the minor engine version of an ApsaraDB RDS for SQL Server instance. These updates are used to enhance database performance, introduce new features, and fix known bugs.

For more information about the minor engine versions of ApsaraDB RDS for SQL Server, see Release notes of minor ApsaraDB RDS for SQL Server versions.

For more information about how to update the minor engine version of an RDS instance that runs a different database engine, see the following topics:

Prerequisites

  • Your RDS instance runs SQL Server 2012, 2016, 2017, or 2019.
  • Your RDS instance runs the RDS High-availability Edition. For more information, see Overview of ApsaraDB RDS editions.
  • Your RDS instance is a general-purpose instance or a dedicated instance. For more information, see Instance families.

Precautions

  • An update requires 20 minutes to 30 minutes based on the data volume of your RDS instance. We recommend that you perform an update during off-peak hours. In addition, make sure that your application is configured to automatically reconnect to your RDS instance.
  • After you update the minor engine version of your RDS instance, you cannot rollback the update.
    Warning Before you perform an update, we recommend that you create an RDS instance that is designed to run the destination minor engine version. Then, migrate the data of your RDS instance to the new RDS instance to test overall compatibility. For more information, see Restore the data to a new RDS instance.
  • After you update the minor engine version of your RDS instance, the value of Backup Size on the Basic Information page of the ApsaraDB RDS console may be displayed as 0. After the next scheduled backup is complete, this error is automatically fixed.

View the minor engine version of your RDS instance

You can view the minor engine version of your RDS instance by using one of the following methods:

Update the minor engine version of your RDS instance

  1. Visit the RDS instance list, select a region above, and click the target instance ID.
  2. In the Configuration Information section, click Upgrade Minor Engine Version.
    Note If the Upgrade Minor Engine Version button cannot be found, you are using the latest minor engine version or your RDS instance does not meet the requirements that are stated in the Prerequisites section of this topic.
  3. In the dialog box that appears, configure the Available Upgrade and parameters and click OK.
    Update the minor engine version of your RDS instance