AWS Security Blog

Category: AWS Directory Service

Enable Office 365 with AWS Managed Microsoft AD without user password synchronization

In this post, we explain how you can use AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (AWS Managed Microsoft AD) to enable your users to access Microsoft Office 365 without synchronizing passwords using Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) Pass-through Authentication (PTA). This makes it easier to configure Microsoft Office 365 with AWS Managed Microsoft AD. […]

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How to configure an LDAPS endpoint for Simple AD

In this blog post, we show you how to configure an LDAPS (LDAP over SSL or TLS) encrypted endpoint for Simple AD so that you can extend Simple AD over untrusted networks. Our solution uses Network Load Balancer (NLB) as SSL/TLS termination. The data is then decrypted and sent to Simple AD. Network Load Balancer […]

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How to improve LDAP security in AWS Directory Service with client-side LDAPS

You can now better protect your organization’s identity data by encrypting Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) communications between AWS Directory Service products (AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory, also known as AWS Managed Microsoft AD, and AD Connector) and self-managed Active Directory. Client-side secure LDAP (LDAPS) support enables applications that integrate with AWS Directory […]

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How to seamlessly domain join Amazon EC2 instances to a single AWS Managed Microsoft AD Directory from multiple accounts and VPCs

You can now share a single AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (also known as an AWS Managed Microsoft AD) with multiple AWS accounts within an AWS Region. This capability makes it easier and more cost-effective for you to manage directory-aware workloads from a single directory across accounts and Amazon Virtual Private Clouds (Amazon […]

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How to migrate your on-premises domain to AWS Managed Microsoft AD using ADMT

Customers often ask me how to migrate their on-premises Active Directory (AD) domain to AWS so they can be free of the operational management of their AD infrastructure. Frequently they are unsure how to make the migration easy. A common approach using the CSVDE utility doesn’t migrate attributes such as user passwords. This makes migration […]

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How to centralize DNS management in a multi-account environment

Note from June 5, 2019: The approach and architecture in this post is recommended if you prefer more control over DNS servers or prefer to use AWS Managed Active Directory for DNS resolution, however there are some limitations to this approach and we added a “Limitations and additional considerations” section to this post to describe […]

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How to Delegate Administration of Your AWS Managed Microsoft AD Directory to Your On-Premises Active Directory Users

You can now enable your on-premises users administer your AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory, also known as AWS Managed Microsoft AD. Using an Active Directory (AD) trust and the new AWS delegated AD security groups, you can grant administrative permissions to your on-premises users by managing group membership in your on-premises AD directory. […]

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Introducing AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Standard Edition)

Today, AWS introduced AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Standard Edition), also known as AWS Microsoft AD (Standard Edition), which is managed Microsoft Active Directory (AD) that is performance optimized for small and midsize businesses. AWS Microsoft AD (Standard Edition) offers you a highly available and cost-effective primary directory in the AWS Cloud that […]

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How to Enable Server-Side LDAPS for Your AWS Microsoft AD Directory

August 5, 2020: We’ve made numerous updates to this post to better reflect best practices around Microsoft Certificate Authority deployments. November 26, 2019: We’ve updated the language in this post to reflect new client-side LDAPS support in AWS Managed Microsoft AD. Starting today, you can encrypt the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) communications between your […]

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