Manage Active Directory Hosted on the AWS Cloud (AWD Directory Service) used by AWS WorkSpaces

AWS WorkSpaces is one of the Amazon’s services that provides fully managed desktop computing service in the cloud that allows its customers to provide cloud-based desktops/workstations to their end-users.
Users that can access AWS WorkSpaces have to be crated in a Directory.

AWS Directory Service is an Amazon service that provides multiple ways to set up and run Cloud Directory on Amazon. It provides possibility to make an instance of AWS Managed Microsoft AD built on actual Microsoft Directory Services.

The native tools for managing users and devices in Active Directory provided by Microsoft is Active Directory Administration Tools.

If you use AWS WorkSpaces, you will need directory to create and manage the users that have to access the cloud-based desktops. Active Directory Administration Tools can be installed on Windows 7, 8 or 10 and you can install it on a WorkSpace. Your WorkSpace is already dedicated to an user under the directory and if you install AD Administration Tools can have access to the domain easily.

Installing Active Directory Administration Tools on an AWS WorkSpace

Sign in to a Windows AWS WorkSpace by using AWS WorkSpace client.

Sign in with a user from the directory.

Go to Control Panel and select Programs and Features.

Programs and Features in Windows 10

Click on Windows features on or off and select the feature AD DS and AD LDS Tools.

Install AD DS and AD LDS Tools to add AD Administration Tools.

After adding the AD administration tools, the OS might require restart. After restarting the operating system, the tools are installed. Go to search Windows option and start typing: Active Directory and you will be able to see a tool Active Directory Users and Computers.

Right click on Active Directory Users and Computers

You have to start AD Users and Computers with a user that have credentials to manage users. That’s admin user that is created when the directory instance was created.

Run Active Directory Users and Computers with a different user and enter admin user of the directory

Then you will be able to see the AD Users and Computers tool that provides users management. Find users folder under the domain name folder.

Select existing user and select Properties to manage user details

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