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Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN) – A Walkthough

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27 May 2017MIT5 min read
This post is going to walk through about Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN).

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This post is going to walkthrough about Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN). Before we go deep into Azure CDN, it is recommended that you know what is a CDN and what is the use of a CDN? So let’s go and try to answer those.

What is a CDN

In our day to day lives, we all open websites many times, how fast are you getting responses from those sites? Some might be loading very fast, others may be slow, have you ever thought why there is such a huge delay in giving response? There are a lot of possible reasons behind it, here we are going to discuss about one reason and a solution that we can do, that is CDN. With the help of a CDN, we can reduce the physical distance between the user and our website server, and we can cache our images and other contents, so that the contents can be searched quickly.

What is a Azure CDN

Azure CDN, caches all the static contents that you have in your website, in different locations. Using a Azure CDN, can reduce the number of riund trips for getting the required contents, hence we get better performance and user experience.

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Figure 1: cdn-overview
Image Courtesy: Microsoft Docs

Advantages of having a Azure CDN are listed below:

  • Better performance for your apps and services
  • Global distributed network
  • Highly scalable infrastructure
  • Active redundancy and failover
  • High reliability
  • Robust security


I own a personal website ( and I wanted to make sure the end users of my site get a better experience, creating a CDN is the first step towards it. And in this article, I am just sharing how a Azure CDN can help in that. I hope you will like this.

Creating a Azure CDN

To create a CDN, you must login to and then click on the New icon.

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Figure 2: Azure Create New Resource

Now, search for CDN.

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Figure 3: Search for CDN

Our next step is to create the CDN profile, to do so, you must fill the form according to your preferences.

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Figure 4: Create CDN Profile

Please be sure that you are checking your price tier and, as per your needs, you can select one. Here I am selecting S1 Standard Verizon.

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Figure 5: Choose the Pricing Tier

We have created our CDN Profile, now it is time to create an End Point. Navigate to your CDN profile and click on the Endpoint.

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Figure 6: Endpoint Option in CDN

You must add the required data in the upcoming Add and end point form. Here, the name is the name of your CDN end point, that will be created as

Once you are finished, you can see that your CDN end point is in running.

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Figure 7: CDN Endpoint Running

Creating a Custom Domain

We have successfully created an Azure CDN, but is that really over? For some people it is, but for others, it is not. Let’s see why? We have an option to add a custom domain for our CDN, that’s cool right? If you noticed well, we have created a CDN as but it would be great we can get one as right? So here in this step, we are going to see how we can get a custom domain for our CDN.

To start with, login to your Azure Portal and browse for the CDN profile we have just created and click on the end point to which you want to map your custom domain.

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Custom Domain Option in CDN

Now login to your Domain Registrar’s website and navigate to DNS records (If you could not find DNS records, search for Domain Name or Name Server Management). Here, I am using BigRocks, and the screenshots may be different for other service providers.

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Figure 8: Manage DNS in BigRock

Navigate to the CNAME creation page, please check in Advanced Settings if you could not find it in default settings page. And fill the required fields.

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Figure 9: CNAME Creation in DNS Window

Now, go back to Azure portal, and give the custom domain name, we created in the DNS management settings (, in the Add a custom domain form.

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Figure 10: Adding Custom Hostname

Click Add. If everything goes fine, you will get a notification as follows:

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Figure 11: Success Notification Custom Domain CDN

Please note that the verification process may take few minutes or hours. If you are sure that the CNAME configuration is correct, please wait some more time and check if you are getting any error.

That’s all for today! I will come up with another article which explore Azure CDN more.


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