DNS configuration

You can configure a Citrix ADC appliance to function as an Authoritative Domain Name Server (ADNS), DNS proxy server, End Resolver, or Forwarder. You can add DNS resource records such as SRV Records, AAAA Records, A Records, MX Records, NS Records, CNAME Records, PTR Records, and SOA Records. Also, the appliance can balance the load on external DNS servers.

A common practice is to configure an appliance as a forwarder. For this configuration, you need to add external name servers. After you have added the external servers, you should verify that your configuration is correct.

You can add, remove, enable, and disable external name servers. You can create a name server by specifying its IP address, or you can configure an existing virtual server as the name server.

When adding name servers, you can specify IP addresses or virtual IP addresses (VIPs). If you use IP addresses, the appliance load balances requests to the configured name servers in a round robin manner. If you use VIPs, you can specify any load balancing method.

Add a name server by using the CLI

At the command prompt, type the following commands to add a name server and verify the configuration:

  • <add dns nameServer \<IP\>

  • <show dns nameServer \<IP\>


     > add dns nameServer
     > show dns nameServer
     1)  -  State: DOWN

Add a name server by using the GUI

  1. Navigate to Traffic Management > DNS > Name Servers.
  2. In the details pane, click Add.
  3. In the Create Name Server dialog box, select IP Address.
  4. In the IP Address text box, type the IP address of the name server (for example, If you are adding an external name server, clear the Local check box.
  5. Click Create, and then click Close.
  6. Verify that the name server you added appears in the Name Servers pane.
DNS configuration