Amazon WorkSpaces
Administration Guide

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Manage Directories for Amazon WorkSpaces

Amazon WorkSpaces uses a directory to store and manage information for your WorkSpaces and users. You can use one of the following options:

  • AD Connector — Use your existing on-premises Microsoft Active Directory. Users can sign into their WorkSpaces using their on-premises credentials and access on-premises resources from their WorkSpaces.

  • Microsoft AD — Create a Microsoft Active Directory hosted on AWS.

  • Simple AD — Create a directory that is compatible with Microsoft Active Directory, powered by Samba 4, and hosted on AWS.

  • Cross trust — Create a trust relationship between your Microsoft AD directory and your on-premises domain.

For tutorials that demonstrate how to set up these directories and launch WorkSpaces, see Launch a Virtual Desktop Using Amazon WorkSpaces.

After you create a directory, you'll perform most directory administration tasks using tools such as the Active Directory Administration Tools. You can perform some directory administration tasks using the Amazon WorkSpaces console and other tasks using Group Policy.


Shared directories are not currently supported with WorkSpaces.