This topic describes how to configure Alibaba Cloud DNS PrivateZone (PrivateZone). In this way, an Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instance in a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) that has no access to the Internet can initiate API requests by using the Alibaba Cloud internal network.

Background information

Application Real-Time Monitoring Service (ARMS) provides public network endpoints. However, if your ECS instance does not have a public bandwidth package or a public IP address, this ECS instance cannot initiate an API request by using tools such as Alibaba Cloud Command-line Interface (CLI) or corresponding SDKs. Alibaba Cloud provides PrivateZone to ensure that your ECS instance can send API requests over the Alibaba Cloud internal network. You can associate PrivateZone with the VPC in the region to which your ECS instance belongs.


  • You can configure PrivateZone only for regions that contain VPC-type ECS instances. You cannot configure PrivateZone across multiple regions.
  • We recommend that you use a custom image that is deployed with Alibaba Cloud CLI or SDK to create an ECS instance. Otherwise, the ECS instance cannot load related dependencies without public network access.
  • The following table describes the endpoints that support PrivateZone. Make sure that you use an endpoint listed in the table.
    Alibaba Cloud region Region ID CNAME record Public network endpoint
    China (Hangzhou) cn-hangzhou-b
    China (Shanghai) cn-shanghai
    China (Qingdao) cn-qingdao
    China (Beijing) cn-beijing
    China (Shenzhen) cn-shenzhen
    China (Zhangjiakou) cn-zhangjiakou
    China (Hong Kong) cn-hongkong
    Singapore (Singapore) ap-southeast-1


  1. Log on to the Alibaba Cloud DNS console.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, click PrivateZone. On the PrivateZone page, click Add Zone on the All Zones tab.
  3. In the Add PrivateZone dialog box, set the following two parameters as required, and then click OK.
    • Zone Name: Enter an endpoint that is provided by ARMS and supports PrivateZone. In this example, enter
    • Subdomain recursive resolution proxy: If you select this option, when you query the subdomain names that are not configured in the zone namespace in the VPC, PrivateZone will recursively resolve the subdomain names on the Internet, and use the recursive resolution result as the DNS response to your query. Then PrivateZone returns this response to the VPC.
    Add Private Zone
  4. On the PrivateZone page, click the All Zones tab. On the All Zones tab, find the created private zone in the zone list, and click Configure in the Actions column.
  5. On the Resolution Settings page, click the Resolution Settings tab. On the Resolution Settings tab, click Add Record.
  6. In the Add Record dialog box, set the following parameters, and then click OK.
    • Record Type: Select CNAME from the drop-down list.
    • Resource Records: Enter @ to resolve the domain name.
    • Record Value: Enter the CNAME record of the corresponding region. For more information, see Instructions.
    • TTL Value: The time-to-live (TTL) value. In this example, select 1 minute(s).
    Add Record
  7. On the PrivateZone page, find the created private zone, and click Bind VPC in the Actions column.
  8. In the Bind VPC dialog box, select the same region as the created private zone, select the VPC where your ECS instance is located, and then click OK. You can select multiple VPCs.
    Bind VPC


After you associate the VPC with the created private zone, you can log on to your ECS instance to check whether this ECS instance can access the endpoint of the corresponding region. For more information, see Connect to a Linux instance by using VNC.

Take as an example. Run the ping command to test the status of packet sending and receiving.
Ping Private Zone