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[ aws . ds ]



Creates a Simple AD directory. For more information, see Simple Active Directory in the AWS Directory Service Admin Guide .

Before you call CreateDirectory , ensure that all of the required permissions have been explicitly granted through a policy. For details about what permissions are required to run the CreateDirectory operation, see AWS Directory Service API Permissions: Actions, Resources, and Conditions Reference .

See also: AWS API Documentation

See 'aws help' for descriptions of global parameters.


--name <value>
[--short-name <value>]
--password <value>
[--description <value>]
--size <value>
[--vpc-settings <value>]
[--tags <value>]
[--cli-input-json <value>]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]


--name (string)

The fully qualified name for the directory, such as .

--short-name (string)

The NetBIOS name of the directory, such as CORP .

--password (string)

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

If you need to change the password for the administrator account, you can use the ResetUserPassword API call.

The regex pattern for this string is made up of the following conditions:

  • Length (?=^.{8,64}$) – Must be between 8 and 64 characters

AND any 3 of the following password complexity rules required by Active Directory:

  • Numbers and upper case and lowercase (?=.*d)(?=.*[A-Z])(?=.*[a-z])
  • Numbers and special characters and lower case (?=.*d)(?=.*[^A-Za-z0-9s])(?=.*[a-z])
  • Special characters and upper case and lower case (?=.*[^A-Za-z0-9s])(?=.*[A-Z])(?=.*[a-z])
  • Numbers and upper case and special characters (?=.*d)(?=.*[A-Z])(?=.*[^A-Za-z0-9s])

For additional information about how Active Directory passwords are enforced, see Password must meet complexity requirements on the Microsoft website.

--description (string)

A description for the directory.

--size (string)

The size of the directory.

Possible values:

  • Small
  • Large

--vpc-settings (structure)

A DirectoryVpcSettings object that contains additional information for the operation.

VpcId -> (string)

The identifier of the VPC in which to create the directory.

SubnetIds -> (list)

The identifiers of the subnets for the directory servers. The two subnets must be in different Availability Zones. AWS Directory Service creates a directory server and a DNS server in each of these subnets.


Shorthand Syntax:


JSON Syntax:

  "VpcId": "string",
  "SubnetIds": ["string", ...]

--tags (list)

The tags to be assigned to the Simple AD directory.


Metadata assigned to a directory consisting of a key-value pair.

Key -> (string)

Required name of the tag. The string value can be Unicode characters and cannot be prefixed with "aws:". The string can contain only the set of Unicode letters, digits, white-space, '_', '.', '/', '=', '+', '-' (Java regex: "^([\p{L}\p{Z}\p{N}_.:/=+\-]*)$").

Value -> (string)

The optional value of the tag. The string value can be Unicode characters. The string can contain only the set of Unicode letters, digits, white-space, '_', '.', '/', '=', '+', '-' (Java regex: "^([\p{L}\p{Z}\p{N}_.:/=+\-]*)$").

Shorthand Syntax:

Key=string,Value=string ...

JSON Syntax:

    "Key": "string",
    "Value": "string"

--cli-input-json (string) Performs service operation based on the JSON string provided. The JSON string follows the format provided by --generate-cli-skeleton. If other arguments are provided on the command line, the CLI values will override the JSON-provided values. It is not possible to pass arbitrary binary values using a JSON-provided value as the string will be taken literally.

--generate-cli-skeleton (string) Prints a JSON skeleton to standard output without sending an API request. If provided with no value or the value input, prints a sample input JSON that can be used as an argument for --cli-input-json. If provided with the value output, it validates the command inputs and returns a sample output JSON for that command.

See 'aws help' for descriptions of global parameters.


DirectoryId -> (string)

The identifier of the directory that was created.