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[ aws . ds ]



Creates a Microsoft AD directory in the AWS Cloud. For more information, see AWS Managed Microsoft AD in the AWS Directory Service Admin Guide .

Before you call CreateMicrosoftAD , ensure that all of the required permissions have been explicitly granted through a policy. For details about what permissions are required to run the CreateMicrosoftAD 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>]
--vpc-settings <value>
[--edition <value>]
[--tags <value>]
[--cli-input-json <value>]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]


--name (string)

The fully qualified domain name for the AWS Managed Microsoft AD directory, such as . This name will resolve inside your VPC only. It does not need to be publicly resolvable.

--short-name (string)

The NetBIOS name for your domain, such as CORP . If you don't specify a NetBIOS name, it will default to the first part of your directory DNS. For example, CORP for the directory DNS .

--password (string)

The password for the default administrative user named Admin .

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

--description (string)

A description for the directory. This label will appear on the AWS console Directory Details page after the directory is created.

--vpc-settings (structure)

Contains VPC information for the CreateDirectory or CreateMicrosoftAD 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", ...]

--edition (string)

AWS Managed Microsoft AD is available in two editions: Standard and Enterprise . Enterprise is the default.

Possible values:

  • Enterprise
  • Standard

--tags (list)

The tags to be assigned to the AWS Managed Microsoft 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.