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AppleJason Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Sep 7, 2012 8:47 PM

I'm on 10.6.8 server, and having random errors crop up seemingly everywhere.


The server Admin tool reports errors from time to time.  The latest being "This server does not have any services marked as configured".  Yet I'm looking right at them, and they are green.


Also, we are having weird issues with users sometimes not being able to log on to the network from their workstations.


We only have basic services (file sharing, and network logons (for server-based home dirs) and with various managed preferences , with about 20 users, and 20 computers.


I'm starting to think a reinstall is best.  I have a new mac-mini hardware, ready. 


Should I try migrating the OD, or start over from scratch?  Can you point me in the right direction, pros and cons of each for our small setup?  Is migrating OD to new server easy?



iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8), i5 with Thunderbolt
  • JaimeMagiera Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)
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    Sep 7, 2012 8:56 PM (in response to AppleJason)

    I'd wouldn't just re-intall. I'd try to find the problem first. Take a look in the system log. Anything stand out there? When you say "not being able to log on...", specifically how? What is the error on the client machine and what is the error in the respective service log? Does the machine drop off the network completely? Have you verified the server's DNS configuration?  What happens if you try managing services with the serveradmin command from the command line?

  • Mark23 Level 3 Level 3 (975 points)
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    Sep 7, 2012 11:46 PM (in response to AppleJason)

    I'm assuming that the refurbished MacMini server already has OS X Server (Mountain Lion) installed.


    Migrating OD can be done by exporting your users with workgroup manager on the 10.6.8 machine by selecting them and then choose file --> export --> users and importing them using Workgroup Manager 10.8.


    I'd migrate first to the 'new' server, test it, and only if it works flawless in your environment -- swap it


    After you did this, maybe you can think of another use for your aging iMac? When it meets the requirements, you could also install Mountain Lion and use it as a new workstation, otherwise just use the install disks to install 10.6 and upgrade it to 10.6.8 afterwards.


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