Controlling Multiple named Processes with rndc

5.11.1 Problem

You want to control multiple named processes running on the same host with rndc.

5.11.2 Solution

Since rndc only supports TCP-based communications with name servers, configure the name servers to listen on different addresses for control messages. For example, if your host runs two named processes -- one listening on for queries, the other listening on -- you might configure the first one with this controls statement in its named.conf file:

controls {
 inet allow { localnets; } keys { rndc-key; };

The second might have this controls statement in named.conf:

controls {
 inet allow { localnets; } keys { rndc-key; };

If rndc-key is rndc's default key, you can control the two named processes with:

# rndc -s


# rndc -s

5.11.3 Discussion

If you want to use different keys to control the two processes, you can add two server statements to rndc.conf, specifying the proper key to use for each.

You could also set up the two name servers to listen on different control ports, and then use the port server substatement in rndc.conf to distinguish between the two. For example:

server ns1.foo.example {
 port 953;
 key "rndc-key";

server ns1-int.foo.example {
 port 1053;
 key "rndc-key";

This assumes that both ns1.foo.example and ns1-int.foo.example map to the same address.

5.11.4 See Also

Section 3.4 for configuring rndc to work with a remote name server using the rndc.conf's server statement.

Getting Started

Zone Data

BIND Name Server Configuration

Electronic Mail

BIND Name Server Operations

Delegation and Registration


Interoperability and Upgrading

Resolvers and Programming

Logging and Troubleshooting


DNS & BIND Cookbook
DNS & BIND Cookbook
ISBN: 0596004109
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2005
Pages: 220
Authors: Cricket Liu

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