Today, my DNS server suddenly stop with the following message in /var/log/messages :
May 24 10:56:17 server-vavai named[11205]: zone vavai.com/IN: journal rollforward failed: journal out of sync with zone
I could not addressing my local address and  local domain anymore, even for my server :

nslookup server-vavai.vavai.com
;; Got SERVFAIL reply from 192.168.88.1, trying next server

I’m using dynamic DNS on openSUSE 11.1 for PDC+OpenLDAP. The failed DNS resolution has an impact with the LDAP name resolution on Samba. The nss-ldap could not connect to the the LDAP server.
The solution is failry simple. Just find and remove the file called yourdomainname.tld.jnl on your /var/lib/named directory. In my case, it was /var/lib/named/dyn/vavai.forward.jnl and /var/lib/named/dyn/vavai.reverse.jnl

server-vavai:/home/vavai # nslookup server-vavai.vavai.com
Server:         192.168.88.1
Address:        192.168.88.1#53
Name:   server-vavai.vavai.com
Address: 192.168.88.1

5 thoughts on “Solved : DNS Server Error, zone domain.tld/IN: journal rollforward failed”
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