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Mass removal of an NS record from all zones, using perl

If you need to remove an NS record from all zones quickly, perl can be useful.
Let's assume you want to remove all NS records with the value from all zones.

  1. First, make a backup of all of your zones, just in case something goes wrong:

    cd /var/named
    tar cvzf /root/dns_backup.tar.gz *

  2. Next run the following code:

    perl -pi -e 's#^.*NS\s+ns2\.domain\.com\.\n##' *.db

    taking note of the  character before all literal period characters in the NS value.
  3. Lastly, you'll need to update the serial on all zones:

    echo "action=rewrite&value=named" >> /usr/local/directadmin/data/task.queue
    /usr/local/directadmin/dataskq d400

NOTE A zone must have at least one NS record, or it will not be loaded.

Be sure to check inside a few random zones to ensure it worked.
Check /var/log/messages for any named errors after it gets reloaded.

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