Updating zone files without restarting the service.

Cricket Liu cricket at menandmice.com
Tue Oct 29 16:37:57 UTC 2002

Robert Voelker wrote:
> I've never used BIND before but thought I would give it a shot on one
> of our development servers and so far I'm liking it quite a bit. I'm
> running windows 2000 server with the latest service pack installed.
> I'm wanting to learn what to do after updating zone data with new
> information without having to restart the service. It seems with the
> way I've got things setup after updating I have to restart the
> service. There must be a more efficient way.

You can "reload" zones that you've changed with ndc reload (for
BIND 8) or rndc reload (for BIND 9).  That doesn't require a
restart.  You can also specify that the name server only reload
individual zones with

ndc reload <domain name of zone> [...]


rndc reload <domain name of zone> [...]


rndc reload foo.example


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