Active Directory Domain Services on AWS
Active Directory DS Quick Start

Document Revisions

Date Change Location
January 2019 Added steps for using PowerShell DSC and a Systems Manager Automation document to configure domain controllers; updated the architecture to configure the Active Directory site at the Region level; updated parameters and security settings. Changes in templates and throughout guide
February 2018 Added support for Windows Server 2016. Changes in templates and throughout guide
July 2017 Updated DHCP options to follow recommendations from AWS Directory Service; enhancements to RD Gateway deployment and Amazon S3 portability. Changes in templates and throughout guide
August 2016 Added parameters for configuring the location of Quick Start assets. Deployment Steps (template customization tables)
July 2016 For all three scenarios, added option to deploy Quick Start in an existing VPC. Updated the templates to use NAT gateways and an updated VPC configuration. Deployment Scenarios

Deployment Steps

Template updates

April 2016 Added a new scenario that uses AWS Directory Service for Microsoft AD to provision and manage AD DS.

Also: Replaced NAT instances with the NAT Gateway service; upgraded to Windows Server 2012 R2 for AD domain and forest functionality; updated templates with parameter groups and labels to simplify usage.

Scenario 3

Additional updates throughout document to reflect new functionality

Template updates

September 2015 In the sample templates, changed the default type for Active Directory and RD Gateway instances from m3.xlarge to m4.xlarge for better performance and price. Deployment Steps (template customization tables)
March 2015 Optimized the underlying VPC design to support expansion and to reduce complexity. VPC Recommendations, architecture diagram updates, and template updates
November 2014 In the sample templates, changed the default type for NATInstanceType to t2.small to support the EU (Frankfurt) region. Deployment Steps (template customization tables)
March 2014 Initial publication


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