Posted On: Jun 6, 2016

AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition), also known as Microsoft AD, is now available in the EU (Frankfurt) Region. This makes it possible for you to use an AWS fully managed Active Directory in the cloud. Among the use cases supported by Microsoft AD, you can: 

  • Take advantage of group policies in the cloud to manage Amazon EC2 instances with Microsoft AD.
  • Use resource domains with trusts to run your Active Directory–enabled applications in an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC). This lets you authenticate users in your on-premises Active Directory domain. This includes the ability to use Amazon RDS for SQL Server with Microsoft AD to support SQL Server applications. Used this way, you do not have to synchronize directories, migrate users to AWS, or use multiple tools to configure domain trusts.

With this launch, Directory Service is now available in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland), EU (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and Asia Pacific (Singapore) Regions.

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