Configuring a naked domain name for a Windows Azure web site

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If you not only want to point your domain to a Windows Azure web site using but also using a naked (apex, root) domain without the www such as I found that it was not fully clear how to do that. The “official” documentation can be found here:

This is how it should be to make it work

To configure an A record to enable your naked domain ( as well as the full domain (, you must configure two CNAME records used to verify the domain names. This process is the same as the one used to configure a CNAME record to point to your web site, except that you configure the CNAME record domain names that will be used for verification purposes.

For example, using the Microsoft sample domain, the hostname will be and the value will be The second hostname will be Once this has propagated, you can configure the A record.

As you see this is a bit different compared to the original instructions. The original instructions omit the fact that not only the domain needs verification but also the domain!

Have fun, and let me know your comments!


About Maarten van Stam
I'm a Software Engineer, working at one of the top 3 accounting firms. Technology watcher, always looking for news and trends on technology. Received 13 Microsoft MVP Awards.. "My work is my hobby/my hobby is my work" - so you can find me almost at any time near a computer. If I'm not there it's most likely that I spend my time with my family - wife (undisclosed ;-) ), daughter (15) and son (13).

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