Get started with Azure DNS using Azure CLI 2.0

This article walks you through the steps to create your first DNS zone and record using the cross-platform Azure CLI 2.0, which is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. You can also perform these steps using the Azure portal or Azure PowerShell.

A DNS zone is used to host the DNS records for a particular domain. To start hosting your domain in Azure DNS, you need to create a DNS zone for that domain name. Each DNS record for your domain is then created inside this DNS zone. Finally, to publish your DNS zone to the Internet, you need to configure the name servers for the domain. Each of these steps is described below.

These instructions assume you have already installed and signed in to Azure CLI 1.0. For help, see How to manage DNS zones using Azure CLI 2.0.

Create a DNS zone

A DNS zone is created using the az network dns zone create command. To see help for this command, type az network dns zone create -h.

The following example creates a DNS zone called contoso.com in the resource group called MyResourceGroup. Use the example to create a DNS zone, substituting the values for your own.

az network dns zone create -g MyResourceGroup -n contoso.com

Create a DNS record

To create a DNS record, use the az network dns record-set [record type] add-record command. For help, for A records for example, see azure network dns record-set A add-record -h.

The following example creates a record with the relative name "www" in the DNS Zone "contoso.com", in resource group "MyResourceGroup". The fully-qualified name of the record set is "www.contoso.com". The record type is "A", with IP address "1.2.3.4", and a default TTL of 3600 seconds (1 hour) is used.

az network dns record-set A add-record -g MyResourceGroup -z contoso.com -n www -a 1.2.3.4

For other record types, for record sets with more than one record, for alternative TTL values, and to modify existing records, see Manage DNS records and record sets using the Azure CLI 2.0.

View records

To list the DNS records in your zone, use:

az network dns record-set list -g MyResourceGroup -z contoso.com

Update name servers

Once you are satisfied that your DNS zone and records have been set up correctly, you need to configure your domain name to use the Azure DNS name servers. This enables other users on the Internet to find your DNS records.

The name servers for your zone are given by the az network dns zone show command. To see the name server names, use JSON output, as shown in the following example.

az network dns zone show -g MyResourceGroup -n contoso.com -o json

{
  "etag": "00000003-0000-0000-b40d-0996b97ed101",
  "id": "/subscriptions/a385a691-bd93-41b0-8084-8213ebc5bff7/resourceGroups/myresourcegroup/providers/Microsoft.Network/dnszones/contoso.com",
  "location": "global",
  "maxNumberOfRecordSets": 5000,
  "name": "contoso.com",
  "nameServers": [
    "ns1-01.azure-dns.com.",
    "ns2-01.azure-dns.net.",
    "ns3-01.azure-dns.org.",
    "ns4-01.azure-dns.info."
  ],
  "numberOfRecordSets": 3,
  "resourceGroup": "myresourcegroup",
  "tags": {},
  "type": "Microsoft.Network/dnszones"
}

These name servers should be configured with the domain name registrar (where you purchased the domain name). Your registrar will offer the option to set up the name servers for the domain. For more information, see Delegate your domain to Azure DNS.

Next steps

To learn more about Azure DNS, see Azure DNS overview.

To learn more about managing DNS zones in Azure DNS, see Manage DNS zones in Azure DNS using Azure CLI 2.0.

To learn more about managing DNS records in Azure DNS, see Manage DNS records and record sets in Azure DNS using Azure CLI 2.0.