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2540 - Configuring Dynamic DNS (DDNS) in NIOS


On your DHCP-enabled network, there are many corporate users who you need to reach by name. However, their IP addresses may change from day to day. To reduce the amount of administrative overhead, your team has decided to enable dynamic DNS (DDNS) on the subnet, so that when users receive a DHCP lease on this network, their DNS entries in the zone are automatically updated. Please make the necessary configuration in NIOS.

Estimate Completion Time

  • 15 to 20 minutes






Grid Manager UI




  • Administrative DNS and DHCP access to the Grid

Course References

  • 1011: NIOS Dynamic DNS (DDNS) Overview

  • 2020: Configuring NIOS Dynamic DNS (DDNS)

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. Update the DHCP option for domain name.

  2. Enable Dynamic DNS (DDNS).

  3. Verify the new configuration is working.

Task 1: Updating the DHCP option for domain name

Update DHCP Option 15(Domain Name) for the network to the value

Task 2: Enabling Dynamic DNS (DDNS)

Enable Dynamic DNS at the network level for

Task 3: Verifying the new configuration is working

Verify that DDNS updates are working as expected


Task 1 Solution: Updating the DHCP option for domain name

  1. Navigate to Data Management→DHCP→Networks→Networks

  2. Place a check next to the network and click edit

  3. Select the section for IPv4 DHCP Options

  4. In the Domain Name field, enter

  5. Click Save & Close

Task 2 Solution: Enabling Dynamic DNS (DDNS)

  1. Navigate to Data Management→DHCP→Networks→Networks

  2. Place a check next to the network and click edit

  3. Select the section for IPv4 DDNS

  4. Click the Override button next to DDNS Updates, and place a check in the box for Enable DDNS Updates

  5. Click Save & Close and Restart Services

Task 3 Solution: Verifying the new configuration is working

  1. Use the VM Switcher to switch to testing-linux

  2. Open terminal and type in sudo set-network-disable(for sudo password use infoblox)

  3. To clear any existing leases, type in sudo clear-dhcp-leases

  4. Get a new DHCP lease by typing in sudo set-network-dhcp

  5. Switch back to the jump-desktop and Navigate to Data Management→DNS→Zones

  6. Open and navigate to Sub Zones tab

  7. Open the subzone and check for testing-linux A record

  8. Alternatively, we can check the syslog messages for ibns1(primary for by the named daemon, adding forward mapping for

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