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AWS Directory Service
Administration Guide (Version 1.0)

Delete Your Directory

When a Simple AD or AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory directory is deleted, all of the directory data and snapshots are deleted and cannot be recovered. After the directory is deleted, all instances that are joined to the directory remain intact. You cannot, however, use your directory credentials to log in to these instances. You need to log in to these instances with a user account that is local to the instance.

When an AD Connector directory is deleted, your on-premises directory remains intact. All instances that are joined to the directory also remain intact and remain joined to your on-premises directory. You can still use your directory credentials to log in to these instances.

To delete a directory

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

  2. Ensure that no AWS applications are enabled for the directory.

    1. Click the directory ID link for your directory.

    2. Select the Apps & Services tab. In the Apps & Services section, you see which AWS applications are enabled for your directory.

      • To disable Amazon WorkSpaces, you must deregister the service from the directory in the Amazon WorkSpaces console. For more information, see Deregistering From a Directory in the Amazon WorkSpaces Administration Guide.

      • To disable Amazon WorkSpaces Application Manager, you must remove all application assignments in the Amazon WAM console. For more information, see Removing All Application Assignments in the Amazon WAM Administration Guide.

      • To disable Amazon WorkDocs, you must delete the Amazon WorkDocs site in the Amazon WorkDocs console. For more information, see Delete a Site in the Amazon WorkDocs Administration Guide.

      • To disable Amazon WorkMail, you must remove the Amazon WorkMail organization in the Amazon WorkMail console. For more information, see Remove an Organization in the Amazon WorkMail Administrator Guide.

      • To disable AWS Management Console access, see Disable AWS Management Console Access.

      • To disable Amazon Relational Database Service, you must remove the Amazon RDS instance from the domain. For more information, see Managing a DB Instance in a Domain in the Amazon Relational Database Service User Guide.

      • To disable Amazon QuickSight, you must unsubscribe from Amazon QuickSight. For more information, see Closing Your Amazon QuickSight Account in the Amazon QuickSight User Guide.

      • To disable Amazon Connect, you must delete the Amazon Connect Instance. For more information, see Deleting an Amazon Connect Instance in the Amazon Connect Administration Guide.

  3. In the navigation pane, choose Directories.

  4. Select only the directory to be deleted and click Delete. It takes several minutes for the directory to be deleted. When the directory has been deleted, it is removed from your directory list.

Note

Before deleting a directory that is associated with an Amazon RDS database, you must first remove that database from the directory.