[CentOS] rndc start fails with "rndc: connect failed: connectionrefused"

Neil Aggarwal neil at JAMMConsulting.com
Thu Nov 26 02:48:58 UTC 2009

>    rndc: connect failed: connection refused

Here is what works for me:

cd /var/named/chroot/etc
rndc-confgen > rndc.key
chown root.named rndc.key

vi rndc.key and remove everything except the key section.

vi /var/named/chroot/etc/named.conf and 
copy the rndckey from /var/named/chroot/etc/rndc.key
into this section

key "rndckey" {
	algorithm hmac-md5;
	secret "[RNDC key]";

I hope this helps,

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