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root@server [~]# named-checkzone /var/named/ /var/named/
dns_master_load: /var/named/ ignoring out-of-zone data (
zone /var/named/ has 0 SOA records
zone /var/named/ has no NS records

$TTL 86400 IN      SOA (
                                2011041002      ; Serial
                                7200 ; Refresh
                                7200 ; Retry
                                1209600 ; Expire 2 weeks
                                86400 ) ; Minimum 24 hours

                IN      NS
                IN      NS

IPS directly allocated to me via ARIN.

Using BIND on a cPanel Box / Centos 5.3

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Try this..

@ IN SOA (

Instead of IN SOA (

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its already like that: IN SOA ( – Faith In Unseen Things Apr 10 '11 at 18:00

The first argument to named-checkzone is documented to be the zone name thus should not begin with /var/named.

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Instead of:

named-checkzone /var/named/ /var/named/

Try this instead:

named-checkzone /var/named/
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Strange 'code' root@server [/var/named]# named-checkzone /var/named/ zone loaded serial 2011041002 OK'code' However, the rdns is showing up as servfail when I run a check. – Faith In Unseen Things Apr 10 '11 at 17:55
What check are you running? A cut and paste (with xxx replaced and one PTR added) worked for me locally. dig +short @0 -x returned – Cakemox Apr 10 '11 at 18:27

Remember to update your serials !

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I have done that for sure, each time. – Faith In Unseen Things Apr 10 '11 at 17:56

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