So I had a Ubuntu 16.04 instance running a samba ad dc, I upgraded to 18.04 and when starting samba I was getting the error;

[2018/12/27 11:09:56.483755, 0] ../source4/dsdb/dns/dns_update.c:290(dnsupdate_nameupdate_done)
../source4/dsdb/dns/dns_update.c:290: Failed DNS update - with error code 110

After some digging and running sudo lsof -i :53 I could see

systemd-r  767 systemd-resolve   12u  IPv4  18656      0t0  UDP 
systemd-r  767 systemd-resolve   13u  IPv4  18657      0t0  TCP (LISTEN)
samba     1594            root   36u  IPv6  23058      0t0  TCP *:domain (LISTEN)
samba     1594            root   38u  IPv6  23059      0t0  UDP *:domain 

Which lead me to disable systemd-resolve using the instructions here, this has fixed all my problems within the network (other domain machines not being able to apt-get update etc) but im worndering is disabling systemd-resolve safe ?


This is a VM running on vsphere 6.0 its a bridged networked. Netplan folder is empty after the upgrade (which Ive just remembered should have to be set) the old network details /etc/network/interfaces is set to;

source /etc/network/interfaces.d/*

# The loopback network interface
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

# The primary network interface
auto ens160
iface ens160 inet static

dns-search MYDOMAINNAME.co.uk

I can manually set the resolv.conf (after removing the sym link) to the following and it works

search MYDOMAIN.co.uk

1 Answer 1


Re-enable systemd-resolve.

Two possibilities...

  1. Regarding dnsmasq and systemd-resolved...

Do a ps auxc | grep -i dns and ps auxc | grep -i resolv and look for dnsmasq and systemd-resolved, and if both are running, you need to disable the DNS part of systemd-resolved by editing /etc/systemd/resolved.conf and...





then restart systemd-resolve and dnsmasq, or reboot.

  1. you MAY need to reset the symlink that is /etc/resolv.conf (if dnsmasq is not running)...

sudo mv /etc/resolv.conf /etc/resolv.conf.OLD # save the old symlink

sudo ln -s /run/systemd/resolve/resolv.conf /etc/resolv.conf # create new symlink

Update #1:

Many details of this installation came forward in the comments, and we still don't have a final working solution. Here are some points to recognize...

DNSStubListener=no does not belong in /etc/resolv.conf. (/etc/resolv.conf should not (normally) be edited directly). It's an edit to /etc/systemd/resolved.conf. DNS= can also be edited there to add DNS server addresses.

/etc/resolv.conf should be a symlink, linked to one of two possible locations in /run.

NEW -> /run/systemd/resolve/resolv.conf
OLD -> ../run/resolvconf/resolv.conf

and should contain either (or if dnsmasq was running), or DNS nameserver addresses, or your router's address (ex:

If you're going to use NetworkManager instead of netplan, then /etc/netplan should contain at least one .yaml file containing...

  version: 2
  renderer: NetworkManager

followed by...

sudo netplan generate # generate config files

sudo netplan apply # apply configuration

If you're using NetworkManager, then /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf should exist... and should look something like...




If dnsmasq AND systemd-resolve are running, then you should do #1 in my answer.

If dnsmasq is not running, and systemd-resolve is running, then you should do #2 in my answer.

  • When i run ps auxc | grep -i dns there is no output (pressumeably because I have disabled systemd-resolve, I will try this a minute when a machine has finished its upgrade
    – Dan
    Commented Dec 27, 2018 at 12:14
  • That command is looking for dnsmasq. You must not be running it. Re-enable systemd-resolve, and then cat /etc/resolv.conf and you'll probably see indicating that systemd-resolve is managing /etc/resolv.conf. Try item #2 in my answer then.
    – heynnema
    Commented Dec 27, 2018 at 12:40
  • /run/systemd/resolve/ doesn't exist but i restored the original resolv.conf adding the line DNSStubListener=no and this appears to have fixed the issue
    – Dan
    Commented Dec 27, 2018 at 12:46
  • @Dan That should be /run/systemd/resolve/resolv.conf, It will only be there if systemd-resolve is running. Great news! Please remember to accept my answer. Thanks!
    – heynnema
    Commented Dec 27, 2018 at 12:53
  • Just rebooted and tried again, thanks for the help!
    – Dan
    Commented Dec 27, 2018 at 12:59

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