AWS Directory Service provides multiple ways to use Microsoft Active Directory with other AWS services. AWS Directory Service implementations include:

  • Simple AD, an Active Directory–compatible Samba 4 based solution for managing from 500 to 5,000 users.
  • The Microsoft Active Directory managed service, an implementation of Microsoft Active Directory running on Windows Server 2012 R2.
  • The Microsoft Active Directory Connector. This connector serves as a gateway to on-premises Active Directory services.

Sometimes a directory service administrator is unable to reliably access the domain controller management console. If this occurs, you can perform Active Directory administrative functions from another Windows instance.

A directory administrator might be unable to connect to the Active Directory management consoles for a variety of reasons. This article describes how to install the Active Directory management tools on a Windows client operating system so that a directory administrator can perform administrative functions remotely.

Note: Simple AD directories do not support Active Directory Web Services. Therefore, tools that rely on Active Directory Web Services, such as the Active Directory Administrative Center, do not work with a Simple AD directory. For more information, see Managing Your Directory.

Install the Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) on another Windows instance that is already joined to the Active Directory domain. Alternatively, a temporary instance can be launched in the same subnet as the directory service controllers, joined to the domain, and RSAT installed. For more information about joining a server to an existing domain, see Joining a Windows Instance to an AWS Directory Service Domain.

Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) are available as features in Server Manager on Windows Server 2008 and later versions. RSAT is also provided as a free download for several Windows client operating systems:

Windows 7: Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (SP1)

Windows 8.1: Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8.1

Windows 10: Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10

For information about installing RSAT, expand the Install Instructions section on the RSAT download page for your Windows operating system version.

Directory Services, Simple AD, Microsoft Managed AD, DNS management, Group Policy Management Console, GPMC, Remote Server Administration Tools, RSAT, ADUC, Active Directory Users and Computers

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Published: 2016-12-23