Upgrade your Amazon Managed Microsoft AD - Amazon Directory Service
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Upgrade your Amazon Managed Microsoft AD

You can upgrade your Standard edition Amazon Managed Microsoft AD Active Directory to Enterprise edition by contacting Amazon Web Services Support. For more information, see Creating support cases and case management in Amazon Web Services Support User Guide.


Multi-region replication is only available in Amazon Managed Microsoft AD Enterprise edition for the following regions:

  • US East (Ohio)

  • US East (N. Virginia)

  • US West (N. California)

  • US West (Oregon)

  • Africa (Cape Town)

  • Asia Pacific (Hong Kong)

  • Asia Pacific (Mumbai)

  • Asia Pacific (Hyderabad)

  • Asia Pacific (Osaka)

  • Asia Pacific (Seoul)

  • Asia Pacific (Singapore)

  • Asia Pacific (Sydney)

  • Asia Pacific (Jakarta)

  • Asia Pacific (Melbourne)

  • Asia Pacific (Tokyo)

  • Canada (Central)

  • Canada West (Calgary)

  • China (Beijing)

  • China (Ningxia)

  • Europe (Frankfurt)

  • Europe (Zurich)

  • Europe (Ireland)

  • Europe (London)

  • Europe (Paris)

  • Europe (Stockholm)

  • Europe (Milan)

  • Europe (Spain)

  • Israel (Tel Aviv)

  • Middle East (Bahrain)

  • Middle East (UAE)

  • South America (São Paulo)

  • Amazon GovCloud (US-West)

  • Amazon GovCloud (US-East)

There are a few limitations to be aware of when upgrading your Amazon Managed Microsoft AD. They are:

  • The upgrade will incur additional cost. See Amazon Directory Service Pricing for more information.

  • Once your Active Directory is upgraded, it can't be reverted back to its previous edition.

  • Previous snapshots can't be used to restore the Active Directory after it has been upgraded.

  • Upgrades occur at a scheduled date and time agreed upon with Amazon Web Services Support. Upgrades occur between Monday through Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM Pacific Standard Time.

  • The upgrade process requires four to five hours.

  • During the upgrade process, the domain controllers of your Amazon Managed Microsoft AD are upgraded one at a time. This can negatively impact your performance and can cause downtime during your maintenance window.

  • If your applications are using the domain controllers' hostnames or IP addresses instead of your Active Directory's domain name, these applications will need to be updated.

  • If you are using LDAPS (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol over SSL), the domain controllers will need new certificates.