Exercise - Create a DNS zone and an A record by using Azure DNS


In the previous unit, we described setting up and configuring the wideworldimports.com domain to point to your Azure hosting on Azure DNS.

In this unit, you'll:

  • Set up an Azure DNS and create a public DNS zone.
  • Create an A record.
  • Verify that the A record resolves to an IP address.

Create a DNS zone in Azure DNS

Before you can host the wideworldimports.com domain on your servers, you need to create a DNS zone. The DNS zone holds all the configuration records associated with your domain.

To create your DNS zone:

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal with the account you used to activate the sandbox.

  2. On the Azure home page, under Azure services, select Create a resource. The Create a resource pane appears.

  3. In the Search services and marketplace search box, search for and select DNS zone by Microsoft. The DNS zone pane appears.

  4. Select Create > DNS zone.

    Screenshot of DNS zone, with Create highlighted.

    The Create DNS zone pane appears.

  5. On the Basics tab, enter the following values for each setting.

    Setting Value
    Project details
    Subscription Concierge subscription
    Resource group From the dropdown list, select [sandbox resource group]
    Instance details
    Name The name needs to be unique in the sandbox. Use wideworldimportsXXXX.com, replacing the Xs with letters or numbers.

    Screenshot of Create DNS zone page.

  6. Select Review + create.

  7. After validation passes, select Create. It'll take a few minutes to create the DNS zone.

  8. When deployment is complete, select Go to resource. Your DNS zone pane appears.

    By default, the NS and SOA record sets are automatically created and automatically deleted whenever a DNS zone is created or deleted. The NS record set defines the Azure DNS namespaces and contains the four Azure DNS records. You use all four records when you update the registrar.

    The SOA record represents your domain, and is used when other DNS servers are searching for your domain.

  9. Make a note of the NS record values. You'll need them in the next section.

Create a DNS record

Now that the DNS zone exists, you need to create the necessary records to support the domain.

The primary record set to create is the A record. The A record set is used to point traffic from a logical domain name to the hosting server's IP address. An A record set can have multiple records. In a record set, the domain name remains constant, while the IP addresses differ.

  1. On the DNS zone pane for wideworldimportsXXXX.com, in the top menu bar, select + Record set.

    Screenshot of the DNS zone page, with + Record set highlighted.

    The Add record set pane appears.

  2. Enter the following values for each setting.

    Setting Value Description
    Name www The host name that you want to resolve to an IP address.
    Type A The A record is the most commonly used. If you're using IPv6, select the AAAA type.
    Alias record set No This can only be applied to A, AAAA, and CNAME record types.
    TTL 1 The time to live, which specifies the period of time each DNS server caches the resolution before it's purged.
    TTL unit Hours This value can be seconds, minutes, hours, days, or weeks. Here, you're selecting hours.
    IP Address The IP address the record name resolves to. In a real-world scenario, you'd enter the public IP address for your web server.
  3. Select OK to add the record to your zone.

    Screenshot of A record set.

Note that it's possible to have more than one IP address set up for your web server. In that case, you'd add all the associated IP addresses as records in the A record set. After it's created, you can update the record set with additional IP addresses.

Verify your global Azure DNS

In a real-world scenario, after you create the public DNS zone, you'd update the NS records of the domain-name registrar to delegate the domain to Azure.

Even though we don't have a registered domain, it's still possible to verify that the DNS zone works as expected by using the nslookup tool.

Use nslookup to verify the configuration

Here's how to use nslookup to verify the DNS zone configuration.

  1. Use Cloud Shell to run the following command. Replace the DNS zone name with the zone you created, and replace <name server address> with one of the NS values you copied after you created the DNS zone.

    nslookup www.wideworldimportsXXXX.com <name server address>

    The command should look something like the following:

    nslookup www.wideworldimportsXXXX.com ns1-04.azure-dns.com
  2. You should see that your host name www.wideworldimportsXXXX.com resolves to

    Screenshot of Cloud Shell, showing the nslookup results.

You've successfully set up a DNS zone and created an A record.