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How do I enable or disable named on my server?

  • Applies to: (dv) 4.0, All DV, DV, DV Dedicated, DV Developer

  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Time needed: 10 minutes

  • Tools needed: SSH, root access

  • Applies to: DV
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Time Needed: 10
    • Tools Required: Plesk administrator access
  • Applies to: DV 4.0
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Time Needed: 10
    • Tools Required: Plesk administrator access


BIND is by far the most widely used DNS software on the Internet and is fully compliant with published DNS standards. named is the daemon that runs BIND. Together, these services allow you to run private nameservers.

However, named uses a considerable amount of resources. named is disabled by default, but becomes activated after you add your first domain in Plesk. After that, once you turn it off, it should stay off.



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Using the Plesk Control Panel

  1. Log into the Plesk Control Panel.

  2. Click on the Server tab.

  3. Click on Services Management.
  4. Finally, click on the buttons to right of DNS Server (BIND) to toggle the service on or off.
  5. After a few seconds, the button next to the service name will switch from green to red, or vice-versa.

Using SSH

  1. Log into your server as the root user.
    • To enable the named service, run the following command:
      service named start
    • To disable named, run the following:
      service named stop