Change your identity source - AWS IAM Identity Center

Change your identity source

The following procedure describes how to change from a directory that IAM Identity Center provides (the default Identity Center directory) to Active Directory or an external identity provider, or the other way around. Before you proceed, review the information in Considerations for changing your identity source. Depending on your current deployment, this change might remove any user and group assignments that you configured in IAM Identity Center. If this occurs, all users, including the administrative user in IAM Identity Center, will lose single sign-on access to their AWS accounts and applications.

To change your identity source
  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 Change identity source.

  4. Under Choose identity source, select the source that you want to change to, and then choose Next.

    If you are changing to Active Directory, choose the available directory from the menu on the next page.


    Changing your identity source to or from Active Directory deletes users and groups from the Identity Center directory. This change also removes any assignments that you configured in IAM Identity Center.

    If you are switching to an external identity provider, we recommend that you follow the steps in How to connect to an external identity provider.

  5. After you read the disclaimer and are ready to proceed, type ACCEPT.

  6. Choose Change identity source. If you are changing your identity source to Active Directory, proceed to the next step.

  7. Changing your identity source to Active Directory takes you to the Settings page. On the Settings page, do either of the following:

    • Choose Start guided setup. For information about how to complete the guided setup process, see Guided setup.

    • In the Identity source section, choose Actions, and then choose Manage sync to configure your sync scope, the list of users and groups to sync.