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Working With Oracle® Solaris 11.3 Directory and Naming Services: DNS and NIS

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Updated: October 2017

Troubleshooting DNS Server Startup Issues

Try the following checks if you have problems with DNS startup. You must first become an administrator.

  • Check the DNS service status.

    # svcs -x dns/server:default
    svc:/network/dns/server:default (BIND DNS server)
    State: online since Tue Oct 18 19:35:00 2011
    See: named(1M)
    See: /var/svc/log/network-dns-server:default.log
    Impact: None.
  • Check the DNS service log file.

    # tail /var/svc/log/network-dns-server:default.log
  • Check system log messages.

    # grep named /var/adm/messages
  • Start the named daemon manually. Running named in the foreground forces all logging to standard error so that it is easier to identify problems.

    # named -g

After the issue has been fixed, clear the maintenance required state.

# svcadm clear dns/server:default
# svcs dns/server:default
STATE          STIME    FMRI
online         17:59:08 svc:/network/dns/server:default