Bind on Windows Server 2k8; rndc reload fails for no obvious reason

Nelson asked:

I’m trying to install Bind 9.9 on Windows Server 2008, but calling “rndc reload” fails with a very strange error message:

PS C:bindetc> ..binrndc.exe reload
rndc: error: C:bindetcrndc.conf:1: unknown option ' ■#...'
rndc: error: C:bindetcrndc.conf:5: unknown option ''
rndc: error: C:bindetcrndc.conf:11: unknown option ''
rndc: error: C:bindetcrndc.conf:13: unexpected token near end of file
rndc: could not load rndc configuration

Here’s the contents of rndc.conf. I opened the file up in Notepad++ and verified that there are no non-printing characters and the line endings look fine (normal Windows line endings):

# Start of rndc.conf
key "rndc-key" {
    algorithm hmac-md5;
    secret "vP+yTbzcnlq90UFC4GuNCg==";
};

options {
    default-key "rndc-key";
    default-server 127.0.0.1;
    default-port 953;
};
# End of rndc.conf

Here’s the contents of named.conf:

# Use with the following in named.conf, adjusting the allow list as needed:
key "rndc-key" {
    algorithm hmac-md5;
    secret "vP+yTbzcnlq90UFC4GuNCg==";
};

controls {
    inet 127.0.0.1 port 953
        allow { 127.0.0.1; } keys { "rndc-key"; };
};
# End of named.conf

For what it’s worth, I have gotten Bind and rndc to work properly on Windows 7 following the same installation process. Any ideas what’s going on?

My answer:


Looks like you got a UTF-8 BOM at the beginning of your configuration file. Use a different editor (or editor setting in Notepad++) which doesn’t add the BOM (and with which you can strip this one out).


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