Lab Challenge

AWS Database Migration Service (DMS) Challenge

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Time Limit

1h 10m



About Lab Challenges

Lab challenges are hands-on labs with the gloves off. You jump into an auto-provisioned cloud environment and are given a goal to accomplish. No instructions, no hints. To pass, you'll have a limited time to demonstrate your problem-solving skills and get the checks that inspect the state of your lab environment.

Challenge Description

In this challenge lab, your AWS Database Migration Service (DMS) and Relational Database Service skills are put to the test. You need to complete several tasks that result in successfully migrating a database between two real RDS instances before time runs out.


July 25th, 2022 - Extended lab duration and adjusted the expected lab startup time to reflect the additional delays observed in creating DMS replication instances

March 2nd, 2022 - Updated PostgreSQL version

July 29th, 2021 - Clarified that the task should be started manually if it doesn't start automatically

July 22nd, 2021 - Clarified that testing endpoint connections is required to run a migration task

April 9th, 2021 - Modified the migration task check to be more tolerant of input values for the exclude rule

February 18th, 2021 - Addressed an issue that was preventing completion of the challenge 

What will be assessed

  • Database Migration Service
  • Relational Database Service

Intended audience

  • AWS Certified Database Specialty Candidates
  • Cloud Engineers


  • Completion of the Database Fundamentals for AWS Course
About the Author
Learning paths3

Andrew is a Labs Developer with previous experience in the Internet Service Provider, Audio Streaming, and CryptoCurrency industries. He has also been a DevOps Engineer and enjoys working with CI/CD and Kubernetes.

He holds multiple AWS certifications including Solutions Architect Associate and Professional.