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Category: AWS Directory Service

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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How to Enable Your Users to Access Office 365 with AWS Managed Microsoft AD

December 12, 2019: A customer reported that the architecture diagrams had a typo in it, and so we replaced the two diagrams to address the problem. You can now enable your users to access Microsoft Office 365 with credentials that you manage in AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory, also known as AWS Microsoft […]

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How to Configure an LDAPS Endpoint for Simple AD

September 9, 2020: There’s an updated version of this blog here – https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/security/how-to-configure-ldaps-endpoint-for-simple-ad/. Simple AD, which is powered by Samba  4, supports basic Active Directory (AD) authentication features such as users, groups, and https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/security/how-to-configure-ldaps-endpoint-for-simple-ad/the ability to join domains. Simple AD also includes an integrated Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) server. LDAP is a standard application […]

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How to Configure Even Stronger Password Policies to Help Meet Your Security Standards by Using AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory

With AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition), also known as AWS Microsoft AD, you can now create and enforce custom password policies for your Microsoft Windows users. AWS Microsoft AD now includes five empty password policies that you can edit and apply with standard Microsoft password policy tools such as Active Directory […]

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How to Increase the Redundancy and Performance of Your AWS Directory Service for Microsoft AD Directory by Adding Domain Controllers

You can now increase the redundancy and performance of your AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition), also known as AWS Microsoft AD, directory by deploying additional domain controllers. Adding domain controllers increases redundancy, resulting in even greater resilience and higher availability. This new capability enables you to have at least two domain […]

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How to Deploy Local Administrator Password Solution with AWS Microsoft AD

September 16, 2019: We’ve updated this post to reflect current AWS service names. Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS) from Microsoft simplifies password management by allowing organizations to use Active Directory (AD) to store unique passwords for computers. Typically, an organization might reuse the same local administrator password across the computers in an AD domain. However, […]

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How to Enable the Use of Remote Desktops by Deploying Microsoft Remote Desktop Licensing Manager on AWS Microsoft AD

AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory, also known as AWS Microsoft AD, now supports Microsoft Remote Desktop Licensing Manager (RD Licensing). By using AWS Microsoft AD as the directory for your Remote Desktop Services solution, you reduce the time it takes to deploy remote desktop solutions on Amazon EC2 for Windows Server instances, and […]

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How to Access the AWS Management Console Using AWS Microsoft AD and Your On-Premises Credentials

AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory, also known as AWS Microsoft AD, is a managed Microsoft Active Directory (AD) hosted in the AWS Cloud. Now, AWS Microsoft AD makes it easy for you to give your users permission to manage AWS resources by using on-premises AD administrative tools. With AWS Microsoft AD, you can […]

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