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Getting Started With An Open Source GUI For Rackspace Cloud DNS

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Although DNS might not be one of the most glamorous services, it’s one of the most critical. Hosting your own DNS servers certainly isn’t trivial and it requires you to maintain your own highly available environments, keep up with security patches and tightly manage your configuration files.

Rackspace’s Cloud DNS service takes care of the heavy lifting of maintaining DNS servers and allows you to query an API to manage your DNS zones and their records. The deal is a little more sweet once you learn that the service is currently free of charge.

Writing scripts to query an API is surely convenient for automation but it might not be handy if you’re looking to make some quick adjustments to various domains. That’s why I started a small project to make a graphical interface for the Rackspace Cloud DNS service. The project contains a small Python application based on Flask, Jinja2 and python-clouddns.

All of the installation instructions and documentation is over in GitHub. As of today, you can do quite a few tasks in the interface:

•    List all of the domains in your account
•    Add and remove domains from your account
•    View and edit records under each of your DNS zones
•    All of the record types supported by the API are supported in the interface

It would be unreasonable to write a post about a graphical application without a few screenshots:

Adding a zone

Adding records to a zone

Listing records in a zone

If you find bugs or think of improvements, feel free to open an issue in the GitHub project or start a pull request.

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Major Hayden.

Major Hayden is Chief Security Architect and a Linux engineer who has experience working on large-scale OpenStack deployments and automation in Rackspace Cloud. He enjoys writing posts about Linux system administration and security on the Rackspace blog as well as his personal blog.

Follow Major on Twitter @majorhayden.


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  • http://samsharpe.net Sam

    Hey Major,

    So, one of the Cloud Apps listed on the Rackspace Cloud website is DNSly: http://www.dnsly.net/

    It provides a rather nice GUI to Cloud DNS as well as the ability to manage DNS held with another major cloud provider. I like it because I can attach multiple cloud accounts and manage all the DNS in one place.


    Sam

  • DJ Molny

    FYI, the GitHub link you provided (http://rackerhacker.github.com/rackspace-clouddns-gui/) returns a 404.

    • http://rackspace.com Andrew Hickey

      Hi DJ,

      The link has been updated and should work now. Sorry for the hiccup.

      Thanks,
      -Andrew

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