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Enable advanced DNS

Last Updated: Sep 27, 2018

In addition to basic DNS service functions, Alibaba Cloud advanced DNS offers premium functions including minimum TTL, A records limit, subdomain level, GEO DNS, DNS protection, and domain name change.

Alibaba Cloud advanced DNS service incurs costs. For a breakdown of these costs, see Pricing.

Buy an instance

To buy an advanced DNS instance, log on to the Alibaba Cloud DNS purchase page and place an order. For detailed operations, see Buy and manage instances.

Associate an instance with a domain name

After buying an instance, you must associate the instance with a domain name to enable the service.

Procedure

  1. Log on to the Alibaba Cloud DNS console.

  2. Go to the Advanced DNS page.

  3. Locate the available instance (unassociated with a domain name) to be configured and, in the corresponding Actions column, click More > Associate Domain Name.

  4. Select or enter a domain name, and then click Associate to associate the instance with the specified domain name.

    Note:

    • An instance can be associated with only one domain name.
    • The domain name to be associated must be within the same account as the instance.

Return to the console and, on the advanced DNS page, you can:

  • See the instance is associated with the specified domain name.
  • Under Actions, click View Details to go to the corresponding Product Details page to view more information.

Change a domain name

You can change a domain name, however, the amount of changes is limited. On the corresponding Product Details page, you can view how many times remain for domain name changes of a specific instance.

Note: The first time you associate an instance with a domain name is not regarded as a domain name change.

Procedure

  1. Log on to the Alibaba Cloud DNS console.

  2. Go to the Advanced DNS page.

  3. Locate the instance (associated with a domain name) to be configured and, in the corresponding Actions column, click More > Change Domain Name.

  4. Select or enter a new domain name, and then click Associate to associate the instance with the new domain name.

Note:

  • When changing a domain name from advanced DNS to basic DNS services, all special parameters previously available for the advanced DNS will be suspended.

    • For domain names registered with Alibaba Cloud, Alibaba Cloud DNS automatically switches their name servers from Alibaba Cloud authoritative DNS servers to free name servers. However, if your domain name is under a security lock, an automatic switch cannot be performed. To resolve this issue, you must manually disable the security lock and modify the name servers on the Alibaba Cloud Domain console.

    • For domain names registered with a third-party platform, you must contact your domain name registrar to modify their name servers to ns1.alidns.com and ns2.alidns.com.

  • When changing a domain name from basic DNS to advanced DNS services, the new domain name will be managed by advanced DNS services.

    • For domain names registered with Alibaba Cloud, Alibaba Cloud DNS automatically switches their name servers from free name servers to Alibaba Cloud authoritative DNS servers. However, if your domain name is under a security lock, an automatic switch cannot be performed. To resolve this issue, you must manually disable the security lock and modify the name servers on the Alibaba Cloud Domain console.

    • For domain names registered with a third-party platform, you must contact your domain name registrar to modify their name servers to vip7.alidns.com and vip8.alidns.com.

  • Basic DNS and advanced DNS belong to two different DNS clusters. For domain names registered with Alibaba Cloud, after a domain name change, Alibaba Cloud DNS automatically migrates the resolution records of the previous domain name to the free DNS cluster, and then deletes the records from the advanced DNS cluster to prevent the resolution records of the previous domain name being affected.

    Before performing a domain name change, check through the Alibaba Cloud Domain console whether a security lock has been enabled for the related domain names. To enable name servers automatic switch, you must disable the security lock first.

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