How do I share my AWS Managed AD directory from one AWS account to another?

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I want to share an AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (AWS Managed Microsoft AD) directory from one AWS account to another. How do I do this?

Short description

You can share an AWS Managed Microsoft AD directory using one of two methods:

  • AWS Organizations: Share your directory with other trusted AWS accounts within the same organization.
  • Handshake: Share your directory with AWS accounts that are outside of the organization.

For more information, see Sharing methods.


For a detailed tutorial, see Tutorial: Sharing your AWS Managed Microsoft AD directory for seamless EC2 domain-join.

Note: Directory sharing is a Regional feature of AWS Managed Microsoft AD. If you're using multi-Region replication, share the directory separately in each Region.

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