AWS Directory Service
Administration Guide (Version 1.0)

Delegate Directory Join Privileges for Simple AD

To join a computer to your directory, you need an account that has privileges to join computers to the directory.

With Simple AD, members of the Domain Admins group have sufficient privileges to join computers to the directory.

However, as a best practice, you should use an account that has only the minimum privileges necessary. The following procedure demonstrates how to create a new group called Joiners and delegate the privileges to this group that are needed to join computers to the directory.

You must perform this procedure on a machine that is joined to your directory and has the Active Directory User and Computers MMC snap-in installed. You must also be logged in as a domain administrator.

To delegate join privileges for Simple AD

  1. Open Active Directory User and Computers and select your domain root in the navigation tree.

  2. In the navigation tree on the left, open the context menu (right-click) for Users, choose New, and then choose Group.

  3. In the New Object - Group box, type the following and choose OK.

    • For Group name, type Joiners.

    • For Group scope, choose Global.

    • For Group type, choose Security.

  4. In the navigation tree, select your domain root. From the Action menu, choose Delegate Control.

  5. On the Delegation of Control Wizard page, choose Next, and then choose Add.

  6. In the Select Users, Computers, or Groups box, type Joiners and choose OK. If more than one object is found, select the Joiners group created above. Choose Next.

  7. On the Tasks to Delegate page, select Create a custom task to delegate, and then choose Next.

  8. Select Only the following objects in the folder, and then select Computer objects.

  9. Select Create selected objects in this folder and Delete selected objects in this folder. Then choose Next.

                Object type
  10. Select Read and Write, and then choose Next.

                Object type
  11. Verify the information on the Completing the Delegation of Control Wizard page and choose Finish.

  12. Create a user with a strong password and add that user to the Joiners group. The user will then have sufficient privileges to connect AWS Directory Service to the directory.