lab challenge

AWS Database Migration Service (DMS) Challenge

Up to 1h 10m
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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.


March 21st, 2024 - Resolved deployment issue

May 22nd, 2023 - Resolved an issue that caused the lab to fail to setup on rare occasions

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 


  • Completion of the Database Fundamentals for AWS Course

Intended audience

  • AWS Certified Database Specialty Candidates
  • Cloud Engineers

What will be assessed

  • Database Migration Service
  • Relational Database Service

About the author

Learning paths

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.

Covered topics


Database Migration Service Challenge