Amazon WorkDocs
Administration Guide

Connecting to Your On-Premises Directory with AWS Microsoft AD

You can also use AWS Microsoft AD to connect to your on-premises Active Directory.


If you are part of a compliance program, such as PCI, FedRAMP, or DoD, you must set up a Microsoft AD Directory to meet compliance requirements.

To connect to your directory, perform the following steps.

To connect to your directory

  1. Create a Trust Relationship between your AWS Directory service and Microsoft AD. For more information, see When to Create a Trust Relationship.

  2. Create a Microsoft AD. For more information, see How to Create a Microsoft AD directory.

  3. If you want to set up your Microsoft AD to use Amazon WorkDocs with a new Amazon WorkDocs site, follow these steps:

    1. Open the Amazon WorkDocs console at

    2. Choose Create a new WorkDocs site.

    3. From the list of available directories, select the Microsoft AD you want to use for your Amazon WorkDocs site.


      Make sure that site is being created in the same region as the Microsoft AD.

    4. Choose Enable directory.

    5. Enter the administrator's username that will be used to log into Amazon WorkDocs.