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

Quick start flowchart

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

The following flowchart shows the general workflow.

  1. Create an ApsaraDB RDS for SQL Server instance
  2. Configure a whitelist for an RDS SQL Server instance
  3. Apply for a public endpoint for an RDS SQL Server instance
  4. Create a database and an account:
  5. Connect to an RDS SQL Server instance