Amazon announced today the release of AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Standard Edition). Also known as AWS Microsoft AD (Standard Edition).
Small and midsized businesses can take advantage of the specific performance optimisation. It provides them with a highly available and cost-effective primary directory in the AWS Cloud.
This is what AWS had to say about AWS Microsoft AD (Standard Edition):
It enables you to join Amazon EC2 instances to your domain easily and supports many AWS and third-party applications and services. It also can support most of the common use cases of small and midsize businesses. When you use AWS Microsoft AD (Standard Edition) as your primary directory, you can manage access and provide single sign-on (SSO) to cloud applications such as Microsoft Office 365. If you already have a Microsoft AD, you can also use AWS Microsoft AD (Standard Edition) as a resource forest that contains primarily computers and groups. This allows you to migrate your AD-aware applications to the AWS Cloud while using existing on-premises AD credentials.
Peter Pereira on the AWS Security blog has a brilliant article that answers the following questions:
- What do I get?
- How can I use it?
- What are the key features?
Peter answers these questions and shows you how to get started creating & using your own AWS Microsoft AD (Standard Edition) directory.
You can find the full article here.