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Getting Started with Amazon RDS

Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) is a managed service that makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. It provides cost-efficient and resizable capacity, while managing time-consuming database administration tasks, freeing you up to focus on your applications and business.

1. Create the Security Group

1.1. Open the Amazon VPC console at

2.2. In the navigation pane, choose Security Groups.

1.3. Choose Create security group.

1.4. For the Security group name and Description type immersion-day-db. For VPC select your VPC ID My VPC, and choose Create and Close.

RDS Create SG

1.5. Select the security group immersion-day-db, on the Inbound Rules tab, choose Edit rules.

RDS Select SG

1.6. In the dialog, choose Add Rule and add the following rules:

  • Type: MYSQL/Aurora
  • Protocol: TCP
  • Port Range: 3306
  • Source: Custom sg-XXXXXXX Type sg- and select the security group ID for Web Tier


1.7. Choose Save rules and Close.

2. Create a DB Subnet Group

You will create a DB subnet group that is a collection of subnets (private subnets) designated for your DB instance.

2.1. Open the Amazon RDS console at

2.2. In the navigation pane, choose Subnet groups and click on Create DB Subnet Group.

RDS Create Subnet Group

2.3. For Name and Description type PrivateDBGroup.

2.4. For the VPC select My VPC.

2.5. In Add subnets section, select the Private Subnets, from us-east-1a select (Private Subnet 01), and for us-east-1b select (Private Subnet 02). Choose Create.

RDS Subnet Group

3. Launch an RDS Instance

Now that our VPC security group and subnet group are ready, let’s configure and launch a MySQL RDS Instance.

3.1. Open the Amazon RDS console at

3.2. Click on Create database.

RDS Create Database

3.3. We will be using a Standard Create method, choose MySQL from the Engine Options, scroll down and in Templates section select Free tier.

RDS Engine

3.4. Scroll down, for the Settings section fill out with the following information:

  • DB instance identifier: awsdb
  • Master username: awsuser
  • Master Password: awspassword
  • Confirm Password: awspassword

RDS Settings

3.5. Scroll down, for the DB instance size and Storage sections leave the values as default.

3.6. Scroll down, for the Connectivity section select your My VPC and click on Additional connectivity configuration.

RDS Connectivity

3.7. Scroll down and for the Additional connectivity configuration section select as follows:

  • Subnet group: privatedbgroup
  • Publicly accessible: No
  • VPC security groups: Select Choose existing, then select immersion-day-db and remove the default security group.
  • Availability zone: No Preference

RDS Additional

3.8. Scroll down and click on Additional configuration, fill out as follows:

  • Initial database name: immersionday.

RDS Additional

3.9. Scroll down and choose Create database. In the RDS Dashboard, monitor your new DB instance until the status changes from “Creating” to “Backing-up” to “Available”.


This may take up to 5 minutes as the database is being created and backed up, once is in Available status you can continue.

RDS Status

3.10. Choose your database awsdb

RDS List

3.11. From the Connectivity & security description, copy the Endpoint once is available, you will use it in the next section.

RDS Connectivity & security

4. Configure Instance to Leverage RDS

We provided an example database table and sample code for creating a simple address book. Before configuring your instance, you will need to get the URL for your database endpoint.

4.1. In the RDS console, click on Instances and then select your database instance, awsdb.

4.2. Scroll down to the Connect section and check the value under Endpoint. Remember this because you will need it in a minute.

4.3. Navigate to the browser tab connected to web application you launched previously in Getting Started with Linux on Amazon EC2 lab, click on RDS. You should see a prompt to enter the Endpoint (Endpoint copied), Database (immersionday), Username (awsuser) and Password (awspassword) information you just created. Click the Submit button.

RDS Web Settings

4.4. When complete, you will be redirected to a simple page displaying all of the information from the database you just created.

This is a very basic example of a simple address book interacting with a MySQL database managed by AWS. RDS can support much more complicated relational database scenarios, but we hope this simple example will suffice to demonstrate the point.

RDS Address Book

Feel free to play around with the address book and add/edit/remove content from your RDS database by using the Add Contact, Edit, and Remove links in the Address Book.

Great Job: You have successfully deployed and utilized an AWS managed MySQL database!!!