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Administration Guide (Version 1.0)

Manage Access to the AWS Management Console

AWS Directory Service allows you to grant members of your directory access to the AWS Management Console. By default, your directory members do not have access to any AWS resources. You assign IAM roles to your directory members to give them access to the various AWS services and resources. The IAM role defines the services, resources, and level of access that your directory members have.

Before you can grant console access to your directory members, your directory must have an access URL. For more information about how to view directory details and get your access URL, see View Directory Information. For more information about how to create an access URL, see Creating an Access URL.

For more information about how to create and assign IAM roles to your directory members, see Grant Users and Groups Access to AWS Resources.

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Enable AWS Management Console Access

By default, console access is not enabled for any directory. To enable console access for your directory users and groups, perform the following steps:

To enable console access

  1. In the AWS Directory Service console navigation pane, choose Directories.

  2. Choose the directory ID for your directory.

  3. In the Directory Details page, choose the Apps & services tab.

  4. Under AWS apps & services, choose AWS Management Console.

  5. In the Enable AWS Management Console dialog box, choose Enable Access. Console access is now enabled for your directory.

  6. Before users can sign-in to the console with your access URL, you must add a New Role and add only those users who you want to have access. For more information about assigning users to IAM roles, see Creating a New Role or Assigning Users or Groups to an Existing Role.

    After the IAM roles have been assigned, users can then access the console using your access URL. For example, if your directory's access URL is example-corp.awsapps.com, the URL to access the console is https://example-corp.awsapps.com/console/.

Note

Access for users in nested groups within your directory are not supported. Members of the parent group have console access, but members of child groups do not.

Disable AWS Management Console Access

To disable console access for your directory users and groups, perform the following steps:

To disable console access

  1. In the AWS Directory Service console navigation pane, choose Directories.

  2. Choose the directory ID for your directory.

  3. In the Directory Details page, choose the Apps & services tab.

  4. Under AWS apps & services, choose AWS Management Console.

  5. If any IAM roles have been assigned to users or groups in the directory, the Disable Access button in the Manage access to AWS Resources dialog box is unavailable. In this case, you must choose Continue and remove all IAM role assignments for the directory before proceeding, including assignments for users or groups in your directory that have been deleted, which will show as Deleted User or Deleted Group.

    After all IAM role assignments have been removed, repeat the steps above. When the Manage access to AWS Resources dialog box is displayed, choose Disable Access.

Set Login Session Length

By default, users have 1 hour to use their session after successfully signing in to the console before they are logged out. After that, users must sign in again to start the next 1 hour session before being logged off again. You can use the following procedure to change the length of time to up to 12 hours per session.

To set login session length

  1. In the AWS Directory Service console navigation pane, choose Directories.

  2. Choose the directory ID for your directory.

  3. In the Directory Details page, choose the Apps & services tab.

  4. Under AWS apps & services, choose AWS Management Console.

  5. In the Manage Access to AWS Resource dialog box, choose Continue.

  6. In the Assign users and groups to IAM roles page, under Set login session length, edit the numbered value, and then choose Save.