If you enable auto renewal for your RDS for MariaDB instance, you do not need to manually renew your subscription or be concerned about business interruptions caused by subscription expiration.

If your RDS instance uses the subscription billing method, the subscription will expire. If you do not renew your subscription in time before the expiration, your business is interrupted and data may be lost. For more information, see Impact of expiration and overdue payment.

Note RDS instances that use the pay-as-you-go billing method do not expire and therefore do not require renewal.

Precautions

  • The auto renewal fee is deducted at 08:00 on the third day before a subscription expires. If the deduction fails, the system will attempt to deduct the fee every day in the next two days.
    Note Make sure that the balance of your Alibaba Cloud account is sufficient. Otherwise, the renewal fails. If the automatic fee deduction fails all three times, you must manually renew your RDS instance in time to avoid business interruption and data loss.
  • If you manually renew your RDS instance before the automatic fee deduction, the system will automatically renew the instance next time before the expiration.
  • After you enable auto renewal, it takes effect the next day. If your RDS instance is due to expire the next day, renew it manually to prevent business interruption. For more information, see Manually renew an RDS MariaDB instance.

Enable automatic renewal when you purchase an RDS instance

When you purchase a subscription-based instance, you can select Auto Renewal on the purchase page.选择自动续费

Enable automatic renewal after you purchase an RDS instance

Note After you enable automatic renewal, the system automatically renews your instance based on the selected renewal duration. For example, if you select a three-month renewal duration, the fees are automatically paid every three months for each renewal.
  1. Log on to the RDS console.
  2. In the upper-right corner, choose Billing Management > Renew.选择续费管理
  3. In the left-side navigation pane, click ApsaraDB for RDS.
  4. On the Manually Renew or Auto-Renew tab, find the target RDS instance. You can enable automatic renewal for one or more RDS instances at a time.
    • Follow these steps to enable automatic renewal for one RDS instance:
      1. Find the target RDS instance and in the Actions column click Enable Auto-Renew.开启自动续费
      2. In the displayed dialog box, set Auto-Renew Cycle and click Enable Auto-Renew.
    • Follow these steps to enable auto-renewal for more than one RDS instance:

      Select the target RDS instances, and click Enable Auto-Renew below the instance list.

    • In the displayed dialog box, set Auto-Renew Cycle and click Enable Auto-Renew.

Change the auto-renew cycle of an RDS instance

  1. Log on to the RDS console.
  2. In the upper-right corner, choose Billing Management > Renew.选择续费管理
  3. In the left-side navigation pane, click ApsaraDB for RDS.
  4. On the Auto tab, find the target RDS instance and in the Actions column click Edit Auto Renewal.修改自动续费
  5. Select a renewal duration,and click OK.

Disable automatic renewal for an RDS instance

  1. Log on to the RDS console.
  2. In the upper-right corner, choose Billing Management > Renew.选择续费管理
  3. In the left-side navigation pane, click ApsaraDB for RDS.
  4. On the Auto tab, find the target RDS instance and in the Actions column click Enable Manual Renewal.关闭自动续费
  5. Click OK.

APIs

Operation Description
CreateDBInstance Used to create an RDS instance.
Note Automatic renewal is enabled when you create the instance.
RenewInstance Used to renew a subscription-based RDS instance.
Note Automatic renewal is enabled after you create the instance.