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1509 - Updating NIOS DNS objects with Extensible Attributes (EA)


A new Extensible Attribute (EA) called Admin Contact has been added to the NIOS Grid. You are given the task to update some objects to fill in the value for this new field.

Estimate Completion Time

  • 20 to 30 minutes






Grid Manager UI




  • Read-write access to DNS objects

Course References

  • 1005: Using NIOS Extensible Attributes (EA) and Smart Folders

  • 1007: Managing NIOS DNS Resource Records

  • 1008: Using NIOS IPAM and Global Search

  • 1009: Using NIOS DNS Views

Lab Initiation

Access jump-desktop

Once the lab is deployed, you can access the virtual machines required to complete this lab activity. To initiate the lab, click on the jump-desktop tile and login to the Linux UI:

Username: training

Password: infoblox

Initiate lab

To initiate the lab, double-click the Launch Lab icon on the Desktop.

Launch Lab

Launch Lab

Choose the lab number from the list and click OK.

After clicking OK, you will see a pop-up message with a brief description of the lab task. If the description looks correct, click Yes to continue lab initiation.

Lab initiation will take a couple of minutes to finish.

Once complete, you will see another pop-up message with the login credentials and the URL for the Grid Manager’s User Interface. Note that the credentials may differ from those from prior labs.

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Task 1: Updating DNS records EA

Login to the GM web interface. Ensure the new column Admin Contact is visible for the DNS records. Update records with Admin Contact as listed in Table 1509-1 below

You can use Global Search to search for the objects and update them

Table 1509-1




Admin Contact








Task 1 Solution: Updating DNS records EA

This exercise expects you to navigate DNS administration and find the resource records that should be edited:

  1. Login to NIOS GM web interface

  2. Navigate to Data ManagementDNSZones

  3. Click on view name Internal

  4. is a subzone of Inside the Internal View, click to open the zone

  5. Click subzones to see the child zones of

  6. Click on to open the zone

  7. Once inside, click Records to see all records within the zone

  8. Select the desired record and click Edit to open the Object Editor

  9. In the object editor window, click Extensible Attributes

  10. Click Add to add the Attribute name as Admin Contact and Value as

  11. Save and Close when finished

  12. Repeat for other records

You will need to go back to Internal/External View and navigate to the correct zones to find the records mentioned

Alternatively, you can use Global Search to find and edit the records:

  1. Login to NIOS GM web interface

  2. Navigate to Global Search → Advanced

  3. Modify the search string and search criteria, and click Search

  4. You can then edit the results from Global Search

  5. Click Add to add Attribute name as Admin Contact and set the Value like above

  6. Save and Close when finished

  7. Repeat for other records

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