# Route53

Route53 consists of private and public hosted zones.

When a domain is registered, TLD holds the NS records. NS records point to Name Servers in the hosted zone. Then the Name Server and the zone they host become authoritative for that domain.

- The zone file is hosted on these Name Servers

## Public Hosted Zones

A Public Hosted Zone is a DNS database (`containing zone files`) for a specific domain, hosted by Route53 on Public Name Servers.

A Public Hosted Zone can be created for:

- a domain registered with Route53
- a domain registered with other registrars

This is globally resilient service. So whole region can be affected, but Route53 will still function.

Whenever you create a public hosted zone, Route53 `creates 4 Public Name Servers`, on which the zone file is hosted.

- These Name Servers are accessible from the public internet and VPCs using Route53 resolver.
- The zone file is hosted on these Name Servers

### Updating the Name Servers for a domain

To use the public hosted zone with a domain, you change the "NS Records" for the domain and point it to the Public Name Servers created by Route53.

- This is done by going to the registrar from whom we purchased the website, and making a request to update Name Server records
- Registrar contacts the registry which is responsible for updating the TLD Name Server for that domain

### Resource Records

A public hosted zone of route 53 can contain resource records which contain:

- A record
- AAAA record
- MX record
- TXT record

### Accessing from VPC

The public hosted zone is accessible from within the VPC using the Route53 resolver, if the DNS is enabled for that VPC.

- Route53 resolver is on the VPC IP Address (+2)
- VPC instances are already configured (if enabled) with VPC + 2 address as their DNS resolver
- This allows querying of Route53 public or any internet hosted DNS zones

### Accessing from public DNS

1. Client request to access a domain is received by the DNS resolver of the ISP
2. DNS resolver queries Root Name Servers, which return the information about the TLD Name Server for that domain
3. DNS resolver using this information queries the TLD Name Server of the domain. TLD Name Server records in the TLD point to Name Server, which returns the information about the Authoritative Name Server for that domain..

Since the website's Name Server are in Route53 Public Hosted zone, these are the Authoritative Name Server for the website.



## Private Hosted Zone

Its similar to Public Hosted Zone but associated with VPCs and accessible in those VPCs. And it is inaccessible from public internet.

To associate a Private Hosted Zone with a VPC where VPC belongs to:

- own AWS account, you can use console UI, API or CLI.
- other AWS account, you can use API or CLI.

Resource records can be created in the Private Hosted Zone, which are resolvable within the VPCs.

    Create private hosted zone when you want access to resource records from VPC but not from public internet.

### Considerations

A private hosted zone can be made accessible from VPCs.


Any VPC that we associate with the Private Hosted Zone will be able to access it using Route53 resolver (on VPC IP address + 2).

- Any VPC not associated with the private hosted zone, will not have access and behave similar to requests from public internet.
- To be able to access the privates hosted zone, the service needs to be running from within the VPC. And the VPC needs to associated with the private hosted zone.

### Split-View/Spit-Horizon DNS

This allows setting up same website address to behave differently when accessed from outside network or from within own network.

Consider the following example where the VPC1 is running an Amazon Workspace. This VPC is associated with the private hosted zone, so all the resource records are accessible.

Split-View allows us to have a Public Hosted Zone sharing subset of records of the Private Hosted Zone.

- So, those records not present in public hosted one are not accessible from the internet.



## Route53 CNAME vs ALIAS

A record maps a NAME to an IP Address.

### CNAME record

CNAME maps a NAME to another NAME.

CNAME is invalid for naked/apex ( as per DNS standard.

Many AWS Services like ELB use a DNS name instead of an IP address.

- Using CNAME for naked/apex like `` here wouldn't be supported
- Using CNAME for normal DNS record like `` is supported


ALIAS records maps a NAME to an AWS Resource.

ALIAS records can be used for both naked/apex and normal records.

- There is no charge for using ALIAS to point to AWS Resource.
- Use this as the default for doing AWS resource mapping.

CNAME can be used to map NAME to an AWS resource for non naked/apex record.

ALIAS is actually a subtype.

- So match the record type to the type of the record you are pointing to.

If the AWS resource provides an A record, then we need to use `A record ALIAS`

if the AWS resource provides an CNAME record, then we need to use `CNAMe record ALIAS`

    ALIAS record is outside DNS standard and is only implemented within AWS. `So alias record can only be used if Route53 is hosting the domain`.

Which type of recordset is generally used to point at AWS resources?

- A plus Alias


## Health Checks

Health check is seperate from, but used by records within Route53.

Health checkers are located globally.

Health check can be done on AWS targets as well resources over the internet.

- Checks run every 30 seconds
- Check interval can be reduced to 10 seconds for additonal cost
- **TCP Check**: It can be a TCP check where `the connection needs to be established within 10 seconds`
- **HTTP(S) check**: It can be HTTP check where the `TCP connected must be established within 4 seconds` and it should return a response in 2xx or 3xx range.
- **HTTP(S) check with string matching**: Along with the HTTP check the health checker expects a response within 2 second with response body containing an exact string match (in the first 5120 bytes). `This is the most accurate health check`.

### Types of Checks

1. Endpoint Checks
2. CloudWatch Alarms
3. Checks of Checks (Calculated)

Health Checks allow only healthy records (most of the time) to be returned for the DNS queries.


## Routing Types

### Simple Routing

Simple routing doesnt support `health checks`.

All values are returned for a record when queried. It simply chooses one and to connect to.


### Failover Routing

If the primary record fails its health check, the secondary value of the same name is returned. In this case the secondary value is the S3 bucket.


[Demo: Failover Routing](
[Demo: Simple Routing](

### Multi Value Routing

Multivalue answer routing lets you configure Amazon Route 53 to return multiple values, such as IP addresses for your web servers, in response to DNS queries.

- You can specify multiple values for almost any record, but multivalue answer routing also lets you check the health of each resource, so Route 53 returns only values for healthy resources
- This routing type is used to increase availability
- It is not a replacement for Load Balancer
- This is used over Failover Routing when you have multiple resources that can serve the request


### Weighted Routing

Weighted routing lets you associate multiple resources with a single domain name and choose how much traffic is routed to each resource. This can be useful for a variety of purposes:

- simple load balancing and
- testing new versions of software

If this is combined with health check unhealthy records are skipped.


### Latency Routing

If your application is hosted in multiple AWS Regions, you can improve performance for your users by serving their requests from the AWS Region that provides the lowest latency.

- This routing allows `one record with same name in each region`

If this is combined with health check it checks if the region provides lowest latency as well as if its healthy.


### Geolocation Routing

Geolocation routing lets you choose the resources that serve your traffic based on the geographic location of your users, meaning the location that DNS queries originate from.

- Records are tagged with location that can be a "country", "continent" or "default"
- In US records can additionally be tagged by "state"
- With "default" either most specific record is returned or "NO ANSWER"

  Geolocation `returns relavant record` as per the users geographic location `not the closest record`.

- If there is not "country" specific record, then "continent" record is returned.
- If both "country" and "continent" doesnt exist then the fallback it to "default" record.


### Geoproximity Routing

Geoproximity routing lets Amazon Route 53 route traffic to your resources based on the geographic location of your users and your resources.

- Records can be tagged with an AWS Region


- Rather than using the actual physical distance, you can also optionally choose to route more traffic or less to a given resource by specifying a value, known as a bias.
- A bias expands or shrinks the size of the geographic region from which traffic is routed to a resource.