Article ID: 125164, created on Apr 8, 2015, last review on Oct 9, 2016

  • Applies to:
  • Plesk 12.5 for Linux
  • Plesk 12.0 for Linux
  • Plesk 11.5 for Linux
  • Plesk 11.5 for Windows


Named service fails to start:

# /etc/init.d/named start
WARNING: key file (/etc/rndc.key) exists, but using default configuration file (/etc/rndc.conf)
rndc: connect failed: connection refused
named is stopped


/etc/named.conf is modified or does not contain binding on 953 port.


Make sure that /etc/named.conf contains binding on 953 port:

    controls {
                    inet port 953
                    allow {; } keys { "rndc-key"; };

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