AWS Directory Service Reviews & Product Details

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What is AWS Directory Service?

AWS Directory Service is a service that setup and run Microsoft Active Directory (AD) in the AWS cloud, or connect AWS resources with an existing on-premises Microsoft Active Directory and can use it to manage users and groups, provide single sign-on to applications and services, create and apply group policy, domain join Amazon EC2 instances, as well as simplify the deployment and management of cloud-based Linux and Microsoft Windows workloads.

AWS Directory Service Details
Product Description

AWS Directory Service is a service that setup and run Microsoft Active Directory (AD) in the AWS cloud, or connect AWS resources with an existing on-premises Microsoft Active Directory and can use it to manage users and groups, provide single sign-on to applications and services, create and apply group policy, domain join Amazon EC2 instances, as well as simplify the deployment and management of cloud-based Linux and Microsoft Windows workloads.


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AWS
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AMZN
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Year Founded
2006
HQ Location
Seattle, WA
Total Revenue (USD mm)
$177,866
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ER
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Its a managed service that we dont need to care about Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It is not the latest version of Active Directory and its underlying windows server Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

its a bit limited on what you can do but it works enough for our purpose Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Less to manage and apatch Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AC
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

AWS Directory Service is extremely easy to set up, but remains an extremely flexible product, allowing you to interface with it both from Cloud Services and using native protocols (LDAP), and giving you the ability to extend its functionality as you would any other directory. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Not much - it has worked very well so far. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Simple user management for a variety of services, IAM, and testing our various AWS technologies. It has made the process of managing user accounts for these services extremely easy. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AC
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

AWS has enabled us to run Microsoft AD with the Amazon Cloud Service. Its been a great tool to extend our existing domains to one software program. It also has a good simple infrastructure to manage the whole service. We have a few team members working with this and it was an easy set-up process. It also allows us to see the workloads quickly and simply. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

From our experience, it does not allow us much customization. There also is a limited number of users that have access. There are so many features, which is amazing, but also makes it a bit confusing at times. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Now we can manage the Active Directory from the cloud, which is a HUGE benefit. We can access it from anywhere and not worry about the user access. We can also manage all groups from 1 location. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

AWS Active directory provides a simple way to setup directory services for users/clients at remote sites and manage the directory without much hassle. Being able to manage users and objects from anywhere in the world with an internet connection without having to worry about VPNs, network outage at the site that is using the directory, or any other scenario makes things a lot less complicated. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

From my experience, it doesn't seem like there is much customization in terms of performance. There is a limit to the number of users and objects that AWD Directory Services provides; however, in my use cases implementing it the hard limit never came to be an issue. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Test the waters and try out other services that offer hosted directories, and make an informed decision. AWS Directory Services is a great service, but I don't see it being ideal for every single use-case, so make your decision having done adequate research. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With many clients having remote offices, AWS Directory Services provides an easy way to keep remote workers connected. Some of the clients that I have implemented AWS Directory Services for have the only regret of having not started using it sooner. The operating expense versus the capital expense of having an on-site server is especially a no-brainer for cash-strapped startups, or any business that wants to keep from having to plan out massive expenses every few years keeping a necessary service running. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UH
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

It allows and enables an IT administrator to run Microsoft AD in the public cloud, easing setup of user and group data and giving an end user access to cloud services. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There are a lot of features available with this product choosing the right one for you can be hard at times. Also setting it up for MAC OS can be hard as well. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I do not have any recommendations to add at this time. I think that the product is headed in the right direction. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It makes giving permission and access to users in the cloud very easy for the IT administrator. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Internet
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Helps with efficiency, speed and reliability. Allows for easier and more organised deployments. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Interface could be more intuitive i.e. more user friendly Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allows our team to automate manual tasks as well as show new team members that they have a good support tool to utilise. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Principal IT Architect
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
What do you like best?

Like the ablity to quick.y configure an AD environment without having to stand up EC2 instances Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Limited on things that can be done vs. native items with EC2 AD. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Authentication for our users in the cloud Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AI
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

The best part is to have 3 options that helps customers choose the right option that would help their situation. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Its really hard to setup client to access AWS microsoft AD service. At least for the first time when we setup the service, it was hard to find documentation to setup client to access the AD as a service platform. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

NA Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Local authentication for applications hosted in AWS Cloud. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Cloud Manager
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

Managed AD services with minimum effort. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Managed DNS and route 53 need to be aligned. Two way trust between on-prem and managed AD require for most of the AWS services Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Integrating with on-prem AD Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AF
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
What do you like best?

AWS handles the complexity and presents you with just the directory tools that you need to manage your directory. It's extremely quick and simple to get started, whereas deploying an on-premises domain service is very time consuming and complicated. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Some advanced functionality that exists in a traditional on-prem domain is not available. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Delivers exactly what you expect it should. Very easy to setup and use. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Centralised user management. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AI
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
What do you like best?

We use Simple AD and it was extremely quick and easy to set up and utilize. The deployment takes under 15 minutes and it was up and running. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I didn't run into any issues with the service. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm using it to resolve internal DNS IPs for a VPC peered service. I'm now able to use it with conditional forwarders to resolve the internal IPs of said service. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UD
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Overall It's a great product. Learned how to use this product from the current company from my boss and it wasn't hard to learn it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There is a lot of room for customization. That often can be frustrating, especially for the first timers. Although it's not the products fault, when there is a bad Internet connection in the office, it was hard to login to the directory. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Every company is different. There are all kinds of products out there. I learned this product after I joined the current firm. While this product seems to be working very well for my company and I have zero complaints. Ultimately, each company has to decide what's good for them. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Managing the Active Directory on the cloud. For me and my company, it's easy accessibility to the Active Directory from other regions. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AC
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

In my experience working with this, this is stable and reliable. We use it to as connectors (AD connector) to link the corporate domains to AWS. One thing I like is it is easy to setup, even the automation is easy. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

At times, the config file used to setup is sometimes too immature and limited. I wish it will support more defined or customizability when setting up connectors. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

link the corporate domains to AWS Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AU
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
What do you like best?

Alerts when issues arise and we’ve had no issues Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Backups are not very long can’t restore from 30 days ago Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Auto for services Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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EH
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Ease of setup and maintenance and the ability to scale Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Not able to name snapshots so managing them can be challenging Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Set an users and groups and manage them from one central location and use across set of EC2 instances Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AC
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Overall experience has been wonderful. Ease of use and availability. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There is a lot of features available, to chose which one you need is cumbersome at times. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

To manage the Active Directory from the cloud. Now since it's in the cloud, it is accessible even from another continent, which is by far the most beneficial thing according to me. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UT
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I really like that it is easy to use and very quick. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

That when using Amazon glacier, there is no sort of GUI for Mac OS. There is a way to do it but it is too complicated. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Storing old archived files and saving space on our servers. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UC
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I think that AWS is a great platform and is very flexible. No matter the size of my project, I know that it will have an option. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I don't think it's very user-friendly. Coming in as a beginner was very confusing and I couldn't find information on what I should use for my specific needs. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Go with Azure Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Trying to have something on the cloud that is easily accessible by the entire team Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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