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This course explores how to configure operational parameters for AWS Databases. We will cover some effective strategies for tuning your RDS databases to receive the most benefit for your workloads and we'll also dive into what parameter groups are, how parameter groups work, and some edge cases to watch out for.

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Learning Objectives

  • Create your own parameter groups and apply them to an RDS database
  • Understand how parameter groups affect RDS instances and in what situations they are beneficial

Intended Audience

This lecture should be attended by those who are looking to further their database knowledge into the intermediate stages, or by those looking to understand the mechanisms behind tuning RDS databases.


This lecture will talk about some of the more advanced ideas around Amazon RDS and databases in general, so it is highly recommended that you have a moderate to strong background in Amazon RDS and Relational databases.


Parameter groups are one of those things that you might never use during your entire AWS career. For many people and many situations, the standard RDS setup with its default configurations are robust enough to deal with their workloads. It’s only when you have very specific needs for your database that you will consider using parameter groups, but don't let that pull you away from their power and flexibility. If you know that your database could be tuned better for your application, or that testing would be made easier by flipping a few options in a parameter group, please go for it.

We only covered three small examples of the over 400 different parameters that you can play with for RDS. There is a surprising amount of flexibility built into this managed service that many people are not even aware of. I encourage you to take a brief glance through the options available to you within the parameters and maybe something will catch your eye that could fix a problem down the road.

Well, that brings us to the end of this course. My name is Will Meadows and I'd like to thank you for spending your time here learning about Configuring operational parameters for AWS Databases.  If you have any feedback, positive or negative, please contact us at, your feedback is greatly appreciated, thank you!

About the Author

William Meadows is a passionately curious human currently living in the Bay Area in California. His career has included working with lasers, teaching teenagers how to code, and creating classes about cloud technology that are taught all over the world. His dedication to completing goals and helping others is what brings meaning to his life. In his free time, he enjoys reading Reddit, playing video games, and writing books.