Managing BIND DNS Server

Berkeley Internet Name Domain (BIND) is one of most popular server-side software. Domain Name System (DNS) is a must for most servers today. It was developed in the 1980s at the University of Berkley that’s why it has ‘B’=’Berkeley’ in acronym. Currently it active in version 9.

BIND is an open source system free to download and use, offered under the Mozilla Public License. It can be used to run a caching DNS server or an authoritative name server, and provides features like load balancing, notify, dynamic update, split DNS, DNSSEC, IPv6, and more.

BIND components

  • service service-name command
  • /etc/init.d/service-name script command
  • rndc command ā€“ name server control utility

Commands to manage BIND

Use the following command to start BIND server:

# service named start

Use the following command to stop BIND server:

# service named stop

Use the following command to restart BIND server:

# service named restart

Use the following command to reload BIND server to reload zone file or config file changes:

# service named reload

Use the following command to see the current status of BIND server:

# service named status

You can also use the following syntax too:

/etc/init.d/named start
/etc/init.d/named stop
/etc/init.d/named restart

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