Posted On: May 14, 2015
You can now easily join your Amazon EC2 for Windows instances to a domain that you have configured with AWS Directory Service in two additional regions, including EU (Ireland) and US West (Oregon). You can join an instance to an existing, on-premises Active Directory, using AD Connector, or a stand-alone, Simple AD directory running in the AWS Cloud. Once you configure this new feature using the AWS Management Console or the EC2 API, you can choose which domain a new instance will join when it launches. For existing instances, you can use the EC2 API to seamlessly join them to a domain.
AWS Directory Service is a managed service that allows you to connect your AWS resources with an existing on-premises Microsoft Active Directory or to set up a new, stand-alone directory in the AWS cloud. Connecting to an on-premises directory is easy and once this connection is established, all users can access AWS resources and applications with their existing corporate credentials. You can also launch managed, Samba-based directories in a matter of minutes.