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I've set up a virtual network in Windows Azure to host two Linux VMs (Centos / OpenLogic). I've registered a local DNS (local as in the cloud, not my personal network) inside the virtual network. I configured both VMs to use the virtual network and I am able to SSH into the boxes no problem. However, these boxes are not able to resolve external addresses (IP or DNS) and as a result, I am unable to use the package manager to install tools on these boxes. Is there a way that I can configure my virtual network to have an external gateway so that my VMs can access the outside world?

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You can setup your local DNS server to forward queries to non-local addresses to external DNS server on the internet. This article provides instructions for how to achieve this on Ubuntu by forwarding unresolved addresses to Google's public DNS servers; you may be able to adapt the instructions for CentOS.

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