This topic describes how to manage expired and overdue ApsaraDB RDS for SQL Server instances in the recycle bin. You can unlock, rebuild, or destroy these instances in the recycle bin.

Unlock an overdue RDS instance

If a pay-as-you-go RDS instance is locked due to overdue payments, log on to the Billing Management console. Then, verify that a valid payment method is specified for your Alibaba Cloud account.

Unlock an expired RDS instance

If a subscription RDS instance is locked due to expiration, you can renew the RDS instance in the recycle bin.

  1. Log on to the RDS management console.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, click Locked Instances. In the top navigation bar, select the region where the RDS instance resides.
  3. Find the RDS instance and click Unlock to renew the RDS instance.

After the renewal is complete, the RDS instance is immediately restored to normal.

Rebuild an RDS instance

After a subscription RDS instance that runs SQL Server 2008 R2 is released due to overdue payments or expiration, ApsaraDB RDS continues to retain the data backup files of the instance for eight more days. During the eight-day retention period, you can restore the data of the RDS instance to a new RDS instance by using the data backup files. After the eight-day retention period elapses, ApsaraDB RDS deletes the data backup files, and you can no longer restore the data of the RDS instance.

Note You cannot rebuild RDS instances that run SQL Server 2012 or 2016.
  1. Go to the recycle bin.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, click Instances. In the top navigation bar, select the region where the RDS instance resides.
  3. Find the RDS instance and click Recreate Instance.

Destroy an RDS instance

If an RDS instance is locked due to overdue payments or expiration, you can destroy the instance in the recycle bin.

Warning After you destroy an RDS instance, all the backup files of the instance are destroyed. Proceed with caution.
  1. Log on to the RDS management console.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, click Locked Instances. In the top navigation bar, select the region where the RDS instance resides.
  3. Find the RDS instance and click Destroy.

References

Unlock or rebuild an expired or overdue ApsaraDB RDS instance