From RHEL to CentOS BIND 9

Alan Clegg Alan_Clegg at
Wed Dec 5 21:06:32 UTC 2007

isplist at wrote:
>>> Should the rndc keys be the same across DNS servers which are working
>>> together as primary/secondary?

> I know the keys have to match on the server itself, named.conf and the key 
> file. I was not sure if they needed to match on the other servers as well, 
> such as secondary machines. If all machines need to have a matching key, not 
> just their own named.cond/key file.

The keys used for rndc (in the named.conf and rndc.key) should not be
shared between multiple nameservers.  If you wish to administer multiple
hosts from a single machine, you should make the keys for each
nameserver available to that machine.

You can do this with either individual key files or an rndc.conf
containing multiple keys/servers.


More information about the bind-users mailing list