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Importing Data

This section describes how to use an ECS or a device that can access RDS to connect to a DB instance and import the exported SQL file into RDS.

If the source database contains the full-text index, you need to create one on RDS.


  1. Use sqlcmd to import the database objects.

    The Microsoft SQL Server database or client provides sqlcmd.

    >sqlcmd -S "server" -d database -U login_id -i inputfile

    • -S indicates the IP address and port of the RDS DB instance.
    • -d indicates the name of the database to be imported.
    • -U indicates the username used to log in to the database.
    • -i indicates the SQL file to be executed.

    Enter the database password as prompted.


    >sqlcmd -S ",8636" -d test -U rdsuser -i C:\test\objects.sql

    Enter the database password as prompted.

  2. Use bcp to import data.

    >bcp dbname.schema_name.table_name in C:\test\table_name.txt -n -S Server -U username -b 2000

    • -in indicates the directory which the data is imported to.
    • -n indicates that the native (database) data types are used for performing bulk-copy operations.
    • -S indicates the address to be used by the bcp tool to connect to the Microsoft SQL Server DB instance.
    • -U indicates the database username.
    • -b indicates the lines of data imported in a batch.


    C:\test>bcp test.dbo.t1 in c:\test\t1.txt -n -S ",8636" -U rdsuser -b 2000

    Enter the database password as prompted.