AWS Directory Service
Administration Guide (Version 1.0)

Create an AD Connector

To connect to your on-premises directory with AD Connector, perform the following steps. Before starting this procedure, make sure you have completed the prerequisites identified in AD Connector Prerequisites.

To connect with AD Connector

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

  2. Choose AD Connector.

  3. Provide the following information:

    Connected directory DNS

    The fully qualified name of your on-premises directory, such as

    Connected directory NetBIOS name

    The short name of your on-premises directory, such as CORP.

    Connector account username

    The user name of a user in the on-premises directory. For more information about this account, see the AD Connector Prerequisites.

    Connector account password

    The password for the on-premises user account.

    Confirm password

    Retype the password for the on-premises user account.

    DNS address

    The IP address of at least one DNS server in your on-premises directory. These servers must be accessible from each subnet specified in the next section.


    An optional description for the directory.


    Select the size of the directory.

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


    The VPC for the directory.


    Select the subnets for the domain controllers. 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 AD Connector.

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