What is a private Azure DNS zone

Azure Private DNS provides a reliable, secure DNS service to manage and resolve domain names in a virtual network without the need to add a custom DNS solution. By using private DNS zones, you can use your own custom domain names rather than the Azure-provided names available today.

The records contained in a private DNS zone aren't resolvable from the Internet. DNS resolution against a private DNS zone works only from virtual networks that are linked to it.

You can link a private DNS zone to one or more virtual networks by creating virtual network links. You can also enable the autoregistration feature to automatically manage the life cycle of the DNS records for the virtual machines that get deployed in a virtual network.

Limits

To understand how many private DNS zones you can create in a subscription and how many record sets are supported in a private DNS zone, see Azure DNS limits

Restrictions

  • Single-label private DNS zones aren't supported. Your private DNS zone must have two or more labels. For example, contoso.com has two labels separated by a dot. A private DNS zone can have a maximum of 34 labels.

  • You can't create zone delegations (NS records) in a private DNS zone. If you intend to use a child domain, you can directly create the domain as a private DNS zone. Then you can link it to the virtual network without setting up a nameserver delegation from the parent zone.

  • Starting the week of August 28th, 2022, specific reserved zone names will be blocked from creation to prevent disruption of services. The following zone names are blocked:

    Public Azure Government Azure China
    azclient.ms azclient.us azclient.cn
    azure.com azure.us azure.cn
    azure-api.net azure-api.us azure-api.cn
    cloudapp.net usgovcloudapp.net chinacloudapp.cn
    core.windows.net core.usgovcloudapi.net core.chinacloudapi.cn
    microsoft.com microsoft.us microsoft.cn
    msidentity.com msidentity.us msidentity.cn
    trafficmanager.net usgovtrafficmanager.net trafficmanager.cn
    windows.net usgovcloudapi.net chinacloudapi.cn

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