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2523 - Creating authoritative secondary zones in NIOS


Your training department is operating its own DNS server, with the zone You would like to receive a read-only copy of the zone data on the authoritative primary zone. Please configure this authoritative secondary zone in NIOS.

Estimate Completion Time

  • 10 to 15 minutes






Grid Manager UI




  • Administrative DNS access to the Grid

Course References

  • 2009: Configuring NIOS DNS Services

  • 2023: Configuring NIOS DNS Zones

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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  1. Creating an authoritative secondary zone.

Task 1: Creating an authoritative secondary zone

The training department's DNS server is, with the IP address Please configure a primary secondary zone to receive data from The Grid secondary members are and


Task 1 Solution: Creating an authoritative secondary zone

Create the Authoritative (Secondary) zone

  1. Lookup the IP address of (You can use the dig command in a terminal on your VM desktop)

  2. Click the Add dropdown menu and select Authoritative Zone

  3. Leave the radio button set to Add an authoritative forward-mapping zone

  4. Click Next

  5. For Name, enter

  6. Leave the remaining settings unchanged and click Next

  7. Select the radio button to Use this set of name servers

  8. Click the Add drop-down menu and select External Primary

  9. For Name Server Name, enter

  10. For the Name Server Address, enter the IP address that you looked up for

  11. Check Use TSIG

  12. Populate the Key name, Key algorithm, and Key Data from the file in the folder Shared Drive named tsig_xfer_nios.txt. This is on your jump-desktop VM. (full path is /mnt/shared/tsig_xfer_nios.txt)

  13. Click Add

  14. Click the Add drop-down menu again, and select Grid Secondary

  15. Click on the Select button, and select from the name server list

  16. Click Add to add it to the list of zone name servers

  17. Repeat the above steps to add as a Grid Secondary

  18. Click Save & Close

  19. The Zones window now displays the new authoritative zone (you may need to click Toggle Flat View)

  20. Click on the Restart button in the notification banner

  21. Click Restart in the Restart Grid Services window

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