Start RDS Instances Actions
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Written by Matt Houser
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The Start RDS Instances action can be used to start one or more RDS instances at a specific time of day. Once the instances have been started, they can optionally be stopped after they have been running for a specific amount of time.

For example, 5 instances can be started at 8am and stopped 8 hours later with a single Start RDS Instances action.


Please see Common Action Settings for a description of settings common to all action types.

Instance Identification Method

Indicates the method in which the RDS instances will be selected. Possible options include:

  • All RDS Instances

  • By RDS Instance ID

  • By Resource Tag

RDS Instance ID

Indicate the comparison to use when comparing RDS instance IDs.

Resource Tag Name

Indicates the name of the resource tag that will be used for comparison.

Resource Tag Value

Indicates the comparison to use when comparing the resource tag's value.

Stop the Instances

Indicate whether the instances should be automatically stopped later. The running time of the instances must also be specified if this is checked.

Running Duration

Indicate the length of time the instances should run before they are stopped. This value is only required if "Stop the Instances" is checked.

Snapshot ID

When stopping the RDS instance, indicate the ID of the snapshot to be created. Snapshot IDs must only contain alpha-numeric characters and hyphens. Macros can be used to include run-time data. Leave this field blank to skip creating a snapshot.

Amazon Commands Used

The following Amazon AWS commands are used. The access key should have permission to execute all of them.

  • iam:GetUser

  • rds:DescribeDBInstances

  • rds:ListTagsForResource

  • rds:StartDBInstance

  • rds:StopDBInstance

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