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Administration Guide (Version 1.0)

How to Create a Microsoft AD directory

To create a new directory, perform the following steps. Before starting this procedure, make sure you have completed the prerequisites identified in Microsoft AD Prerequisites.

To create a Microsoft AD directory

  1. In the AWS Directory Service console navigation pane, select Directories and choose Set up directory.

  2. Choose Microsoft AD.

  3. Provide the following information:

    Edition

    Choose from either the Standard or Enterprise edition of AWS Microsoft AD. For more information about editions, see AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory.

    Directory DNS

    The fully qualified name for the directory, such as corp.example.com.

    NetBIOS name

    The short name for the directory, such as CORP.

    Administrator password

    The password for the directory administrator. The directory creation process creates an administrator account with the user name Admin and this password.

    The password cannot include the word "admin."

    The directory administrator password is case-sensitive and must be between 8 and 64 characters in length, inclusive. It must also contain at least one character from three of the following four categories:

    • Lowercase letters (a-z)

    • Uppercase letters (A-Z)

    • Numbers (0-9)

    • Non-alphanumeric characters (~!@#$%^&*_-+=`|\(){}[]:;"'<>,.?/)

    Confirm password

    Retype the administrator password.

    Description

    An optional description for the directory.

  4. Provide the following information in the VPC Details section, and then choose Next Step.

    VPC

    The VPC for the directory.

    Subnets

    Select the subnets for the directory servers. The two subnets must be in different Availability Zones.

  5. Review the directory information and make any necessary changes. When the information is correct, choose Create Microsoft AD.

It takes several minutes for the directory to be created. When it has been successfully created, the Status value changes to Active.