Turn off systemd-resolved

(Last Updated On: September 3, 2018)

SystemD’s implementation of resolved works well enough if you don’t have a lab or internal DNS servers like I have.  I have found that it is easiest to manage DNS on Ubuntu if you disable resolved entirely.  This post will show you how to turn off systemd-resolved.

If you run your own lab environment then you most likely have your own DNS servers running.

Ubuntu Server comes with SystemD which manages our DNS server list for us but in my experience it always has problems when you have  your own local DNS servers.

In addition, Ubuntu comes with NetworkManager which attempts to make managing our DNS server list easier.

In this post we will disable both SystemD-ResolveD and we will tell Network Manager not to manage our DNS server list.

This means that when we edit /etc/resolv.conf our edits will stick after a reboot.

Turn off systemd-resolved

Run the following commands to disable the resolved service:

# systemctl disable systemd-resolved
# systemctl stop systemd-resolved

Remove the symlinked resolv.conf file

# rm /etc/resolv.conf

And finally create your new resolv.conf file

# emacs /etc/resolv.conf

Add in your DNS servers and search domain:



search admintome.home

Save the file and you’re done.

Stop Network Manager DNS Management

Next open and edit /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf.

Add this line under the [main] section.


Save and exit the file.

You now know how to turn off systemd-resolved and NetworkManager from messing with your static DNS servers.!

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