This is the second part of my OCI Private DNS posts. You can read the first part from here.

In this post I will extend my configuration to have two VCN’s which will be connected via Local Peering Gateways together. Other VCN will have Private Zone for and the other VCN for

Both VCN’s will have one compute instance running in their subnets and I will have A Record inserted for each.

Remember to check the BUT section afterwards to see how this can be done without forwarders or listeners.

Design of two VCN’s connected with LPG’s, both having their own Private DNS Zone and DNS forwarders and listeners.


To achieve my configuration above I’ve created following:

  • Two VCN’s vcn-thatfinnishguy ( and vcn-somethingelse ( with subnets on both
  • Two Private DNS Views each having their own zone ( and and views associated to their respective VCN
  • On the VCN resolver I have one listener and one forwarder on each VCN
  • Both resolvers have rule assigned which forwards specific DOMAIN to other VCN’s listener

On part 1 we already went through on creating Private View, Zone and assigning A Record. Since this is done already and I’ve assigned views on their VCN’s let’s take a look on creating listener and forwarder.

When I go to my VCN resolver I have option to create endpoints and in order for my configuration to work I will need to create listener and forwarder. You need to assign endpoint always to a subnet and either give it an IP address or let Oracle assign it automatically.

In this example I’ve defined IP address myself just to have specific IP’s on both side of VCNs.

Creating listener endpoint and specifying IP address

After doing this I should have one listener and one forwarder on both sides. What is needed next are rules for both VCN’s. Since this is a fairly straightforward example I will create a domain specific rule to forward queries against from and vice versa.

Forwarding queries to domain through somethingelse_forwarder to thatfinnishguy_listener
Rule created and visible on VCN vcn-somethingelse resolver
Rule created and visible on VCN vcn-thatfinnishguy resolver

Testing it out

That’s pretty much all that is required! Since I’m using LPG’s to connect VCN’s I need to remember to add route rules on my routetable.

You also need to allow traffic between VCN’s so listeners can be accessed as endpoints exist in your VCN and obey rules you have setup either through Security Lists or Network Security Groups.

Compute instance on vcn-somethingelse

[opc@se-1 ~]$ nslookup

Non-authoritative answer:

Compute instance on vcn-thatfinnishguy

[opc@tfg-1 ~]$ nslookup

Non-authoritative answer:

But there’s a BUT!

Now we’ve created DNS resolvers and listeners but what if we just add both Private views on the VCN resolver?

Attaching two Private Views on vcn-thatfinnishguy resolver

I removed the forwarding rule and tested it out and everything works smoothly! So if you are doing this inside OCI you can just add multiple views on VCN resolver and get your DNS queries resolved without setting up resolvers and listeners.


Setting up Private DNS between VCN’s isn’t too complicated once you’ve learned all the steps. Remember this isn’t just limited within OCI! You can setup forwarders to point your custom DNS which can be your internal DNS and the other way around you can point your DNS on the VCN Resolver listeners.

And nothing limits you to resolve DNS between cloud vendors as well. Lot of possibilities now compared to previous situation where you always had to setup your own DNS forwarders.

Associating multiple Views for one VCN resolver makes the setup inside OCI very trivial and doesn’t add so much overhead as it would with listeners and forwarders.

5 thoughts on “OCI Private DNS part 2 – DNS forwarders and listeners”

  1. Awesome blog. I got to replicate it myself. One quick note, UDP 53 has to be open to allow the forwarder from one VCN to hit the listener on the other. I was silly and did TCP 53 and that didn’t work.

  2. Great blog, thank you for posting this!

    Questions, how does this work for reverse DNS? I have a similar setup between two VCNs and I can’t make reverse DNS work.


    1. Selecting None for Rule Condition and Match All for CIDR/Domains seem to work for both forward and reverse lookup.

  3. I have 3 subnets, so should I configure forwarder for all 3 subnets? since customer has 4 DNS Ip so the combination goes to 12 rules which is not allowed. Only 10 rules are allowed.

    1. I think you should be good with one forwarder only for VCN in one of the subnets, shouldn’t need forwarder for each subnet.

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