This topic describes how to create and use an ApsaraDB RDS for SQL Server instance.

Quick start flowchart

If this is the first time that you use ApsaraDB RDS for SQL Server, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the limits of ApsaraDB RDS for SQL Server. For more information, see Limits of ApsaraDB RDS for SQL Server.

The following flowchart shows the operations that you must perform before you use an ApsaraDB RDS for SQL Server instance.

  1. Create an ApsaraDB RDS for SQL Server instance
  2. Configure an IP address whitelist for an ApsaraDB RDS for SQL Server instance
  3. Apply for or release a public endpoint on an ApsaraDB RDS for SQL Server instance
  4. Create databases and accounts for the RDS instance. For more information, see the following topics:
  5. Connect to an ApsaraDB RDS for SQL Server instance