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DNS doesn't work?

476 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Dec 14, 2011 4:48 PM by sfatula RSS
GreatGeek Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Dec 13, 2011 7:41 AM

Ok, I'm new to Mac but not new to DNS. I have it configured and running and have all of my workstations pointing to the server IP for primary DNS. It doesn't work locally. I used a .com for the local server name. Is this the problem? When I ping (correctly input, of course) it says it can't find the name. Is there a document from Apple (NOT some website that isn't official!) that explains how to setup DNS on Lion from scratch? Any help would be appreciated.

  • sfatula Calculating status...
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    Dec 13, 2011 10:48 AM (in response to GreatGeek)

    .com, or any other name is fine. So, you have downloaded Server Admin (which manages DNS via the GUI)? If not, download it.


    What happens when you do:


    dig from the Lion server?


    What happens when you do the same form a client who has DNS pointed to the server?


    What happens when you:


    dig @ from a client where is the local IP of the server?


    You sure you didn't enable the firewall on the Lion server and not allow DNS in?

  • sfatula Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
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    Dec 14, 2011 4:48 PM (in response to GreatGeek)

    Ok, so, given the limited information, hard to help. But I use a .com also, works fine. DNS works fine on Lion server, postfix works fine, and so does dovecot, all top notch products. It's just named (Bind) under the hood (dns), so, nothing unusual, any bind guide would be appropriate. I find sendmail inferior, but, it probably comes down to what you personally like the most. I like postfix, someone else may like another system. Both are popular. Dovercot has been used a long time on Apple server. I love that product as well, very flexible and fast.


    The only "how to" would be the install guide for correctly setting up Lion server in the first place, there are some key prompts that are more difficult to change later. DNS worked as soon as the install was done, for me, there really wasn't anything to do. You manage DNS via Server Admin (download it). It took all of a minute or so to get it to work. Since it's not working for you, obviously, something has gone wrong. Would have to have way more info. Download server admin here:



    Some minimal doc can be found here specifically for DNS:



    Good luck!


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