AWS Directory Service
Administration Guide (Version 1.0)

Create Your AWS Managed Microsoft AD directory

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

To create a AWS Managed Microsoft AD directory

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

  2. Choose AWS Managed Microsoft AD.

  3. Provide the following information:


    Choose from either the Standard or Enterprise edition of AWS Managed Microsoft AD. For more information about editions, see AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory.

    Directory DNS

    The fully qualified name for the directory, such as

    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 Admin and this password.

    The password cannot include the word "admin."

    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.


    An optional description for the directory.

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


    The VPC for the directory.


    Choose 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 AWS Managed Microsoft AD.

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