Create a user - AWS Directory Service

Create a user


When using Simple AD, if you create a user account on a Linux instance with the option "Force user to change password at first login," that user will not be able to initially change their password using kpasswd. In order to change the password the first time, a domain administrator must update the user password using the Active Directory Management Tools.

Use the following procedure to create a user with an EC2 instance that is joined to your Simple AD directory.

To create a user

  1. Open the Active Directory Users and Computers tool. There is a shortcut to this tool in the Administrative Tools folder.


    You can run the following from a command prompt on the instance to open the Active Directory Users and Computers tool box directly.

  2. In the directory tree, select an OU under your directory's NetBIOS name OU where you want to store your user (for example, Corp\Users). For more information about the OU structure used by directories in AWS, see What gets created.

  3. On the Action menu, click New, and then click User to open the new user wizard.

  4. On the first page of the wizard, enter the values for the following fields, and then click Next.

    • First name

    • Last name

    • User logon name

  5. On the second page of the wizard, type a temporary password in Password and Confirm Password. Make sure the User must change password at next logon option is selected. None of the other options should be selected. Click Next.

  6. On the third page of the wizard, verify that the new user information is correct and click Finish. The new user will appear in the Users folder.