Why can't I delete my AWS Directory Service directory?

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I'm unable to delete my Simple AD, AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (AWS Managed Microsoft AD) directory, or AD Connector directory. How can I troubleshoot this?

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The following are common issues that might occur when deleting a directory:

  • You receive a message that you must deregister the service from the directory before you can delete it.
  • You receive the error message "An Error Has Occurred. Directory can only be removed if there are no WorkSpaces assigned".


Both errors can occur if you have AWS applications enabled for the directory. For information on disabling AWS applications that are enabled for your directory, see Delete your directory.

Related information

AWS Directory Service FAQs

AWS OFFICIALUpdated 3 years ago
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