This article aims to show how to reload a DNS zone with PowerDNS in use. Where in Bind, "rndc reload" was used, the pdnsutil load-zone tool replaces it.
If a zone change were made outside of the cPanel & WHM interface to a domain's DNS zone in /var/named, the following command-line tool (information extracted from --help output) would need to be run as root via SSH or in the WHM terminal:
pdnsutil load-zone ZONE FILE # Load ZONE from FILE, possibly creating zone or atomically
# replacing contents
Here's an example:
# pdnsutil load-zone domain.tld /var/named/domain.tld.db
[bindbackend] Done parsing domains, 3 rejected, 14 new, 0 removed
Domain 'domain.tld' exists already, replacing contents
The command will force PowerDNS to load the DNS zone from the new zone file.