Amazon Relational Database Service
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Options for the Microsoft SQL Server Database Engine

In this section, you can find descriptions for options, or additional features, that are available for Amazon RDS instances running the Microsoft SQL Server DB engine. To enable these options, you add them to an option group, and then associate the option group with your DB instance. For more information, see Working with Option Groups.

Amazon RDS supports the following options for Microsoft SQL Server DB instances.

Option Option ID Engine Editions

Native Backup and Restore


SQL Server Enterprise Edition

SQL Server Standard Edition

SQL Server Web Edition

SQL Server Express Edition

Transparent Data Encryption


SQL Server Enterprise Edition

SQL Server Audit


In RDS, starting with SQL Server 2012, all editions of SQL Server support server level audits, and Enterprise edition also supports database level audits.

Starting with SQL Server SQL Server 2016 (13.x) SP1, all editions support both server and database level audits.

For more information, see SQL Server Audit (Database Engine)