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1737 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 4, 2012 6:29 PM by BioRich RSS
BioRich Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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Nov 18, 2012 9:06 AM

Hi folks.  I have a situation that is a bit confusing, so I will explain it as I've tested.


I have multiple machines on my Airport Extreme LAN.  I have a box that has Leopard Server 10.5.8.  It is running web, email, and DNS.  I have a couple laptops, and a workstation, an iPod, an iPhone, and an iPad Mini all on internal static IP. 


On the workstation, I write web stuff, and I force local domains (i.e. localtest.local) for various projects.  Set up in Apache virtual hosts and set in my hosts file so I can quickly get to the landing page on the workstation.


The iPad can't see localtest.local.  So I inserted a secondary domain record, fully qualified, in the DNS.  I don't want the outside world to see my internal test domains, but I do want the whole LAN to use broadcasts to see these domains.  She's not working.  The server can see localtest.local, but the iPad nor either of the two laptops can see it.  I can't edit a hosts file on the iPad, so I'm screwed. 


There has to be a way of having the LAN broadcast internal VHosts, epecially since there's a secondary record in the DNS. 


What am I doing wrong?



Mac Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), Hypercard UG!
  • UptimeJeff Level 4 Level 4 (3,390 points)
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    Dec 4, 2012 5:24 PM (in response to BioRich)

    Your iPad needs to use your leopard server for DNS resolution. If you can visit the dev sit from your server but not the ipad, then this is almost definitely the issue.


    Your DHCP Server is probably feeding the DNS settings to your ipad, so change the DNS settings in DHCP Server to your Leopard Server. Or manually set the DNS address on the ipad to the leopard server's lan address.



    Not a good idea to use .local because its used for other purposes....

    For me, if the client is, I might setup pointing to internal server..

  • UptimeJeff Level 4 Level 4 (3,390 points)
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    Dec 4, 2012 6:25 PM (in response to BioRich)

    you can change the .local setup anytime.. You don't have to change anything except for local DNS and the apache vhosts. you could even leave the existing .local vhosts in place and add alternates as aliases.


    i would think DNS.

    you could of course watch apache logs and see if the ipad hist the server at all.

    use a dns resolver app to see how the ipad resolves .local (maybe it has issues with .local)


    anyway.. sounds like you have a good handle on it all.


    Good luck


    Enjoy the new server


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