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Creates a Microsoft AD in the AWS cloud.

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


--name (string)

The fully qualified domain name for the 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. A short identifier 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 .

--description (string)

A textual 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 create-directory or create-microsoft-ad operation.

Shorthand Syntax:


JSON Syntax:

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

--edition (string)

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

Possible values:

  • Enterprise
  • Standard

--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.

--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.