Posted On: Aug 27, 2020

You can now join your Amazon EC2 for Linux instances to a domain configured with AWS Directory Service seamlessly. The new capability automates the previously manual approach for integrating Linux-based EC2 instances to your  AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (AWS Managed Microsoft AD), or to an existing on-premises Active Directory (AD) using AD Connector. This makes it easier for you to launch and manage your Amazon EC2 for Linux instances, reducing deployment time and administration effort.

This release complements the existing AWS Directory Service capability that allows Amazon EC2 for Windows instances to seamlessly domain join. Similarly, you can domain join EC2 for Linux instances to an AWS Managed Microsoft AD deployed in another AWS account or Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) by using the directory sharing feature. This enables you to centrally manage your Amazon EC2 for Linux instances and Active Directory-dependent applications at scale across multiple AWS accounts and VPCs.

Amazon EC2 for Linux seamless domain join is available today at no additional cost in all regions where AWS Directory Service is offered. To learn more, see the AWS Directory Service Administration Guide.