In a lot of our cloud related journeys, Managing DNS and sub-domains for specific needs is a common challenge. If you add to that the need for cross hosting DNS for sub domains across multiple IAAS makes it a little challenging for starters.
In this post , I will cover my example of hosting my primary DNS on AWS , creating a DNS Zone for a sub domain in Azure and pointing a single A-Record on the subdomain to my Concourse instance running on Azure ( actually to the load-balancer in front of Concourse). Typically , your primary Name servers will reside on the domain registrar you have used for your registration. a few examples are godaddy.com , domains.google.com , AWS route53 and more. It is very possible you can create zone based delegation on the service you registered. But, when you use the Automation created as part of PCF-Pipelines , there are some zone ( sub zones ) created by the pipelines on the DNS service on the IAAS you are installing. This has been the primary driver for me to write this post to explain cross service DNS delegation.
- Lets create a new DNS Zone in Azure for the subdomain - az.clue2solve.com.
- Now I login to my AWS Route-53 Console where I registered my primary DNS. You could have done this in one of many Domain Name Registrars. All of them will allow you to do what I will explain here in this step.
|Login to the AWS Console and Make your way to Route-53|
Now its time to link the Zone created in Azure to the primary domain. We do this by adding a NS-Record on the primary Zone and pointing the name servers to the list we copied from the Azure DNS Zone.
Here we go , we have not successfully delegated our DNS for a subdomain.
As a test for this , I have created an entry on my sub-domain in Azure-DNS called an A-Record. This is a pointer to a specific IP Address for a given domain name. In this case I want all requests for wings.az.clue2solve.com to go to the IP Address of the load-balancer in front of the concourse cluster we created per this blog post.
You can extract the IP Address of the load-balancer with the sample command below on the bbl folder and add the A-Record on the zone ( sample Screen shot below).
anandrao at Anands-MBP in ~/pivotal/repos/bbl-az/bbl
$ bbl lbs
Concourse LB: bbl-env-ontario-2018-07-31t05-15z-concourse-lb (184.108.40.206).
Open a browser and confirm that the link for the wings ( concourse on Azure ) works.
Quick links to the "The PCF on Azure" Blog Series :
- Installing PCF 2.X on Azure using Concourse - Part - 1 , Bosh Boot loader and bosh
- Installing PCF 2.X on Azure using Concourse - Part - 2 , Concourse using bosh
- Installing PCF 2.X on Azure using Concourse - Part - 3 , Installing Pivotal Cloud Foundry using a Pipeline
- Domain Name System (DNS) Delegation with Azure DNS Zones
- Cleanup Azure PCF install using BBL