Enable multi-factor authentication for AD Connector - Amazon Directory Service
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Enable multi-factor authentication for AD Connector

You can enable multi-factor authentication for AD Connector when you have Active Directory running on-premises or in EC2 instances. For more information about using multi-factor authentication with Amazon Directory Service, see AD Connector prerequisites.


Multi-factor authentication is not available for Simple AD. However, MFA can be enabled for your Amazon Managed Microsoft AD directory. For more information, see Enable multi-factor authentication for Amazon Managed Microsoft AD.

To enable multi-factor authentication for AD Connector
  1. In the Amazon Directory Service console navigation pane, select Directories.

  2. Choose the directory ID link for your AD Connector directory.

  3. On the Directory details page, select the Networking & security tab.

  4. In the Multi-factor authentication section, choose Actions, and then choose Enable.

  5. On the Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) page, provide the following values:

    Display label

    Provide a label name.

    RADIUS server DNS name or IP addresses

    The IP addresses of your RADIUS server endpoints, or the IP address of your RADIUS server load balancer. You can enter multiple IP addresses by separating them with a comma (e.g.,,


    RADIUS MFA is applicable only to authenticate access to the Amazon Web Services Management Console, or to Amazon Enterprise applications and services such as WorkSpaces, Amazon QuickSight, or Amazon Chime. It does not provide MFA to Windows workloads running on EC2 instances, or for signing into an EC2 instance. Amazon Directory Service does not support RADIUS Challenge/Response authentication.

    Users must have their MFA code at the time they enter their username and password. Alternatively, you must use a solution that performs MFA out-of-band such as SMS text verification for the user. In out-of-band MFA solutions, you must make sure you set the RADIUS time-out value appropriately for your solution. When using an out-of-band MFA solution, the sign-in page will prompt the user for an MFA code. In this case, the best practice is for users to enter their password in both the password field and the MFA field.


    The port that your RADIUS server is using for communications. Your on-premises network must allow inbound traffic over the default RADIUS server port (UDP:1812) from the Amazon Directory Service servers.

    Shared secret code

    The shared secret code that was specified when your RADIUS endpoints were created.

    Confirm shared secret code

    Confirm the shared secret code for your RADIUS endpoints.


    Select the protocol that was specified when your RADIUS endpoints were created.

    Server timeout (in seconds)

    The amount of time, in seconds, to wait for the RADIUS server to respond. This must be a value between 1 and 50.

    Max RADIUS request retries

    The number of times that communication with the RADIUS server is attempted. This must be a value between 0 and 10.

    Multi-factor authentication is available when the RADIUS Status changes to Enabled.

  6. Choose Enable.