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Updating Cloudflare DDNS on Ubiquiti UDM-Pro

I've been somewhat pulling my hair out (ok, that's a lie - I have none) figuring out a way to update a Cloudflare A name using the UDM-Pro. There's a long list of reasons you'd want to do this, but for my purposes in this instance I want to setup a VPN endpoint. Of course, static IP addresses aren't something that are common for small business users, and especially not so for home users. Setting manual DNS entries will work for all of a few days and users need something easy to remember that will update whenever the public IP address of the UDM-Pro gets updated (which could be days, weeks, or even months apart). 

Ubiquiti's firmware allows DDNS updates natively within it, but the providers are quite limited, and despite Cloudflare being arguably the most requested one in the forums, they've yet to add it. I suspect this is because it's not as simple as a quick URL call with some variables like DynDNS used to be. There's some tricky ways to do this using DNSoMatic, but I'm going to be setting this up for a long list of clients, and I also really don't want to rely on yet another middleware service.  

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Updating Cloudflare DNS with Synology Diskstation

I ran into an interesting issue this evening which required a creative solution. The age old saying goes, a person is only as good as the tools available within their toolbox. 

So, some quick backstory on how I got here. I recently purchased an Ubiquiti Dream Machine Pro to replace my Fortigate 30E-3G4G-NAM. While the Fortigate firewall was completely kicking ass serving as the brains behind my home network, there were some other challanges I faced such as offloading the load on my Synology NAS which was running an Ubiquiti Controller (for my APs), and an Ubiquti Video Controller (my security cameras). The main issue stemmed around the fact that Ubiquti is slowly phasing out support for standalone controllers, specifically the video one. Plus, the extra load on my NAS just wasn't something I felt comfortable with.The UDM-Pro solves a ton of this with onboard NVR, Cloudkey and a vareity of other things. 

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