This topic describes how to manually renew an ApsaraDB RDS for SQL Server instance. If your RDS instance uses subscription billing, you must renew it before it expires. This allows you to prevent service interruptions and data loss.

For more information about the impacts caused by subscription expiration, see Unlock or rebuild an expired or overdue ApsaraDB for RDS instance.

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

You can manually renew your RDS instance before it expires or within 15 days after it expires.

Method 1: Renew an RDS instance in the ApsaraDB RDS console

  1. Visit the RDS instance list, select a region above, and click the target instance ID.
  2. In the Status section of the page that appears, click Renew on the right.
  3. On the Renew Subscription page, specify the Duration parameter. A longer subscription period indicates more discounts.
  4. Read and select Terms of Service, Service Level Agreement, and Terms of Use, click Pay Now, and then complete the payment.

Method 2: Renew one or more RDS instances in the Billing Management console

  1. Log on to the ApsaraDB RDS console.
  2. In the top navigation bar, choose Expenses > Renewal Management.Renew
  3. On the Manual tab of the Renewal page, find the RDS instances that you want to renew. You can renew one or more RDS instances at a time.
    • To renew a single RDS instance, perform the following steps:
      1. Find the RDS instance and click Renew in the Actions column.Renew a single RDS instance
        Note If the RDS instance resides on the Auto or Nonrenewal tab, you can click Enable Manual Renewal in the Actions column and then click OK in the message that appears.
      2. On the page that appears, specify the Duration parameter and click Pay Now. Then, complete the payment.
    • To renew more than one RDS instance, perform the following steps:
      1. Select the RDS instances and click Batch Renewal below the instance list.Renew more than one RDS instance at a time
      2. Specify the Duration parameter of each RDS instance, click Pay, and then complete the payment.Batch Renew

Enable auto-renewal

If you enable auto-renewal for your RDS instance, you do not need to manually renew your RDS instance. If your Alibaba Cloud account has a sufficient balance, your RDS instance never expires. For more information, see Enable auto-renewal for an ApsaraDB RDS for SQL Server instance.