Fix Ubuntu Server Name Resolution when Pi-Hole is Installed

| Jul 7, 2020 min read

After installing Pi-Hole on an Ubuntu server, I discovered that the server itself could no longer resolve DNS. I was unsure how to fix this until I stumbled upon a similar issue while researching LAN Cache. It remains unclear if this problem affects the standard installation as well as the Pi-Hole docker container.

For reference, here is the solution provided by to disable systemd-resolved’s DNSStubListener:

Edit the file /etc/systemd/resolved.conf using a text editor such as nano or vi:

sudo nano /etc/systemd/resolved.conf

Change the line that starts with #DNSStubListener= to DNSStubListener=no (make sure to remove the #).

Remove the current resolv.conf file:

sudo rm /etc/resolv.conf

Create a symbolic link to systemd-resolved’s resolv.conf file:

sudo ln -s /var/run/systemd/resolve/resolv.conf /etc/resolv.conf

Restart the systemd-resolved service:

sudo service systemd-resolved restart

Verify that DNS resolution is still working by using the nslookup command to check a domain of your choice, such as


By following these steps, systemd-resolved’s DNSStubListener will be disabled, and your cache host should be able to bind to