How do I enable or disable named on my server?

  • 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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These instructions are for Plesk Onyx 17. The control panel layout of your version of Plesk may differ slightly, but these instructions should still apply. 

1. Log into the Plesk Control Panel and select Tools & Settings from the menu on the left.


2. Click on Services Management.


3. To toggle BIND on/off or to restart the service, use the buttons to the right of DNS Server (BIND).


Using SSH 

Begin by connecting to your server via SSH. Please keep in mind that these instructions are for Plesk Onyx with CentOS 7 and may not be compatible with older versions. 

Starting named (BIND):

service named-chroot start


service named stop

Disable BIND on startup. BIND will need to be manually started from either SSH or the Plesk control panel if your server is reset:

systemctl disable named

Enable on startup:

chkconfig named-chroot on

Verify that BIND is on at startup:

systemctl is-enabled named-chroot


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