Create a Simple AD directory - AWS Directory Service

Create a Simple AD directory

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

To create a Simple AD directory
  1. In the AWS Directory Service console navigation pane, choose Directories and then choose Set up directory.

  2. On the Select directory type page, choose Simple AD, and then choose Next.

  3. On the Enter directory information page, provide the following information:

    Directory size

    Choose from either the Small or Large size option. For more information about sizes, see Simple Active Directory.

    Organization name

    A unique organization name for your directory that will be used to register client devices.

    This field is only available if you are creating your directory as part of launching WorkSpaces.

    Directory DNS name

    The fully qualified name for the directory, such as

    Directory 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 Administrator and this password.

    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.

    Directory description

    An optional description for the directory.

  4. On the Choose VPC and subnets page, provide the following information, and then choose Next.


    The VPC for the directory.


    Choose the subnets for the domain controllers. The two subnets must be in different Availability Zones.

  5. On the Review & create page, review the directory information and make any necessary changes. When the information is correct, choose Create directory. It takes several minutes for the directory to be created. Once created, the Status value changes to Active.