This topic describes the general workflow for how to create and use an RDS SQL Server instance.

If this is the first time that you use RDS SQL Server, read Limits of RDS for SQL Server before you purchase an RDS SQL Server instance.

The following flowchart shows the general workflow.

General process to use RDS for SQL Server
  1. Create an RDS SQL Server instance.
  2. Configure a whitelist for the RDS SQL Server instance.
  3. Apply for a public endpoint for an RDS SQL Server instance.
  4. Create databases and accounts for the RDS SQL Server instance. For more information, see the following resources:
  5. Connect to the RDS SQL Server instance.