Connect Active Directory and specify a user - AWS IAM Identity Center

Connect Active Directory and specify a user

If you're already using Active Directory , the following topics will help you prepare to connect your directory to IAM Identity Center.

You can connect an AWS Managed Microsoft AD directory or a self-managed directory in Active Directory with IAM Identity Center. If you plan to connect an AWS Managed Microsoft AD directory or a self-managed directory in Active Directory, make sure that your Active Directory configuration meets the prerequisites in Confirm your identity sources in IAM Identity Center.

Note

As a security best practice, we strongly recommend that you enable multi-factor authentication. If you plan to connect an AWS Managed Microsoft AD directory or a self-managed directory in Active Directory and you're not using RADIUS MFA with AWS Directory Service, enable MFA in IAM Identity Center.

AWS Managed Microsoft AD

  1. Review the guidance in Connect to a Microsoft AD directory.

  2. Follow the steps in Connect a directory in AWS Managed Microsoft AD to IAM Identity Center.

  3. Configure Active Directory to synchronize the user to whom you want to grant administrative permissions into IAM Identity Center. For more information, see Synchronize an administrative user into IAM Identity Center.

Self-managed directory in Active Directory

  1. Review the guidance in Connect to a Microsoft AD directory.

  2. Follow the steps in Connect a self-managed directory in Active Directory to IAM Identity Center.

  3. Configure Active Directory to synchronize the user to whom you want to grant administrative permissions into IAM Identity Center. For more information, see Synchronize an administrative user into IAM Identity Center.

External IdP

  1. Review the guidance in Connect to an external identity provider.

  2. Follow the steps in How to connect to an external identity provider.

  3. Configure your IdP to provision users into IAM Identity Center.

    Note

    Before you set up automatic, group-based provisioning of all your workforce identities from your IdP into IAM Identity Center, we recommend that you sync the one user to whom you want to grant administrative permissions into IAM Identity Center.

Synchronize an administrative user into IAM Identity Center

After you connect your directory to IAM Identity Center, you can specify a user to whom you want to grant administrative permissions, and then synchronize that user from your directory into IAM Identity Center.

  1. Open the IAM Identity Center console.

  2. Choose Settings.

  3. On the Settings page, choose the Identity source tab, choose Actions, and then choose Manage Sync.

  4. On the Manage Sync page, choose the Users tab, and then choose Add users and groups.

  5. On the Users tab, under User, enter the exact user name and choose Add.

  6. Under Added Users and Groups, do the following:

    1. Confirm that the user to whom you want to grant administrative permissions is specified.

    2. Select the check box to the left of the user name.

    3. Choose Submit.

  7. In the Manage sync page, the user that you specified appears in the Users in sync scope list.

  8. In the navigation pane, choose Users.

  9. On the Users page, it might take some time for the user that you specified to appear in the list. Choose the refresh icon to update the list of users.

At this point, your user doesn't have access to the management account. You will set up administrative access to this account by creating an administrative permission set and assigning the user to that permission set. For more information, see Create a permission set.