Published on December 27th, 2021 | by Bibhuranjan


Azure DNS – What is it and how to use it

Azure DNS is one of the many beneficial cloud services provided by Microsoft to its customers. Users, particularly web administrators or Azure administrators, can utilize Azure DNS to host websites, administer DNS Zones, and DNS records for webpage domains. Azure DNS can be used to host applications, APIs, and cloud services that are already hosted in the cloud, such as Microsoft Azure.

You can use Azure DNS to host your domain since it provides a globally distributed, high-availability name server architecture. You can manage your DNS records with the same credentials, APIs, tools, pricing, and support as your other Azure services if you host your domains in Azure DNS. Domain name purchases are not yet supported by Azure DNS. If you wish to buy a domain name, you’ll need to go through a third-party registrar. A minor annual fee is usually charged by the registrar. For DNS record administration, the domains can then be hosted in Azure DNS.


Azur DNS management is done in the Azure Portal or using PowerShell once you’ve changed the Name Servers for your zone at the registrar. The Azure Portal makes DNS management a breeze. Customers of Azure can profit by reducing the number of tools they need to use.

When we talk about azure DNS management, you must first create a “DNS zone” in Azure for your domain. This is a fairly simple procedure that can be carried out directly from the Azure Portal, via PowerShell, or via the Azure CLI. The DNS zone is created as a global resource; no region must be selected. Within a few seconds, the newly formed zone is reflected on the Azure DNS name servers. To delegate the DNS Zone from your registrar to Azure DNS, you’ll need to know the name servers for the zone you configured previously. The records for your zone can be obtained using the Azure CLI or through the Azure site.

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What are the benefits of Azure DNS?

1. Without needing to use proprietary DNS solutions, the DNS service can be provided using the Azure platform’s inherent features, saving time and money.

2. The service supports all of the most common DNS record types, including A, AAAA, CNAME, MX, PTR, SOA, SRV, and TXT.

3. It manages DNS records for virtual machines on certain Azure Virtual Networks automatically.

4. DNS domains in Azure DNS are hosted on Azure’s worldwide DNS name server network. Anycast networking is used by Azure DNS. To guarantee high speed and high consistency for your domain, each DNS query is answered by the nearest accessible DNS server.

Do I need to buy a DNS domain name to use Azure DNS?

Certainly not.  To host a DNS zone on Azure DNS, you don’t need to acquire a domain. Without owning the domain name, you can create a DNS zone at any moment.

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