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Restoring an RDS Database

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Description

This course explores the different strategies that are available for when you need to both back up and restore your AWS databases across Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) and Amazon DynamoDB. During this course, you will learn about the different backup features that are available in Amazon RDS and DynamoDB, how to identify the differences between them, and when you should use one over the other. The course also explains how to copy and share RDS snapshots across regions and AWS accounts.

The concepts covered in this course are complemented with guided demonstrations from the AWS platform, to ensure you get a real-world understanding of them. If you have any feedback relating to this course, feel free to get in touch with us at support@cloudacademy.com.

Learning Objectives

  • Introduce you to the different backup features that are available in Amazon RDS and DynamoDB
  • Identify the differences between the different backup features and when you should use one over the other
  • Explain how to copy and share RDS snapshots across regions and AWS accounts

Intended Audience

This course has been designed for those who are responsible for maintaining AWS database solutions at an operational level. It is also suitable for anyone looking to take the AWS Certified Database Specialty certification.

Prerequisites

To get the most out of this course, you should be familiar with Amazon RDS and Amazon DynamoDB at a foundational level. For more information on these databases, please see our existing course here.

Transcript

Hello, and welcome to this lecture, which is going to look at how to restore a database from an existing backup. Firstly, I want to look at how to restore a database from an automatic backup to a particular point in time.

As a part of the backup process when automatic backups are in place, RDS backs up the transaction logs to Amazon S3 every five minutes. So this is something you need to bear in mind when you're performing a restore, especially if you need to restore from five minutes or less from that point in time.

You can check the latest restore time possible from either the AWS management console or by running the following command line from the AWS CLI, replacing the text in red with the name of your database. This will return data for your database including an entry similar to the following. The last restore time shows you the latest point at which you can restore from.

So for example, assume the time was 15:04 and you wanted to restore from 15:02, but the latest restore time was showing at 15:00, then the latest point you could restore up to would be 15:00. You'd have to wait another minute until 15:05, which would then become the latest restore time, five minutes later from the previous time. At this point, you would then be able to restore anytime up until 15:05.

When you perform a restore, it restores the entire instance and so it will be restored to a brand new instance. If restoring a SQL server database instance, every database on that instance will be restored to within one second of all of the databases on that same instance.

If restoring an Oracle database instance, you can, if required to select a new license model and database name for the new instance. When restoring a database from a manual backup, or snapshot, there is no option to perform a point in time when you restore.

As previously mentioned, when a snapshot backup is taken, the backup is taken at that point in time and stored on Amazon S3 and can only be restored back to a new database instance at that point in time in which the backup was taken. If required, then during the restore process, you can actually restore to a different storage type from the source database.

For example, if a backup was taken of a database that had general purpose SSD storage and was then restored to a new database instance, you could select to have it restored to provisioned IOPS instead. However, due to additional processing time, the restore will take longer than simply restoring to the same storage type used from the backup.

When you are restoring your manual snapshot, you have the option of changing both the parameter group and the security group. Now AWS recommends however that you leave both the parameter group and the security setting the same as the snapshot.

Let me now provide a quick demonstration of how to perform a manual restore from an existing manual snapshot. Okay, so I'm back in the Amazon RDS dashboard of the management console. And as we can see, we have our database here that we backed up in a previous lecture. But what I want to do now is to restore from an existing backup. So if I go down to snapshots, we can see the two snapshots that we created earlier.

Now to restore from one of these snapshots, all I need to do is to select the snapshot that I want to restore from, go across to actions and click restore snapshot. Now here at the top, it says you are creating a new database instance from a source database instance at a specified time and this new database instance will have the default database security group and database parameter groups.

Now because we're creating a new instance, we can specify different options. So again, we have the engine and here we can add a new identifier. So let's call this instance database 2. We can select a VPC, again with additional creativity configurations with regards to different subnet groups, etc. You can change the database instance size when you restore, so that can be a different database instance size from the source database that you originally took the backup from. You can change the storage type.

Again, you have options for availability and durability. If you want to implement a multi-hazy deployment with this restore and finally your database authentication and encryption options. If you needed to change the parameter group and the option group, then you can do so under the additional configuration, I'm just going to leave that as the default.

Just before we restore this database, I'm just going to change the size and then I shall click on restore database instance. Now as you can see here, here's the new database instance that I'm restoring. We could see the instance size and also the status is that it's creating. So that would just take a couple of minutes there so for that to become available. Okay and now you can see that that's finished creating and the status is now available. And if we select the instance, anyone can see the details of the instance such as the endpoint and port, etc, along with its availability zone subnets and security groups.

So as you can see, it's very quick and easy to restore from an existing manual snapshot.

Lectures

Course Introduction - RDS Backup Capabilities - Copying & Sharing RDS Snapshots - Amazon DynamoDB Backup Capabilities - Restoring an Amazon DynamoDB Database - Course Summary

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Stuart has been working within the IT industry for two decades covering a huge range of topic areas and technologies, from data center and network infrastructure design, to cloud architecture and implementation.

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