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AWS Solutions Architect Associate (SAA-C02)

AWS Directory Services

  • Used to extend the AD network by involving services like EC2 to be a part of the AD to share login credentials.
Exam tip

Use AWS Managed Microsoft AD unless the problem specifically asks for properties of AD Connector or Simple AD

AWS Managed Microsoft AD

  • Login credentials are shared between on-premise and AWS managed AD
  • Manage users on both AD (on-premise and on AWS managed AD)
  • Supports MFA
  • Establish trust connections with your on premise AD
  • Supports directory-aware workloads on AWS

AD Connector

  • AD connector will proxy all the requests to the on-premise AD
  • Users are managed on the on-premise AD only
  • Does not support directory-aware workloads on AWS

Simple AD

  • AD-compatible managed directory on AWS (cannot be joined with on-premise AD)
  • Users are managed on the AWS AD only
  • Use when you don’t have an on-premise AD

Last updated: 2022-06-16