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server admin doesn't display info

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Nov 27, 2012 6:28 PM

I'm experiencing slow network logons for our 10.6.8 Mac Mini server (circa 2009). 


I can't get server admin to display any info - the fields are blank - both logged on locally and remotely. 


I looked in some logs, but don't know which ones are useful as a starting point for this issue.


Can you help point me in the right direction?



iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8), i5 with Thunderbolt
  • MrHoffman Level 6 Level 6 (11,695 points)
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    Nov 28, 2012 10:10 AM (in response to AppleJason)

    Do you get any errors or indications that changes are required when issuing the following (non-destructive, informational) command?


    sudo changeip -checkhostname


    Is the domain a real and registered domain, or is it a ".local" domain?


    Is the configured server at a static IP address?  (Either a static address on a private LAN, or a public static address.)


    Is there exactly one DNS server or one pool of DNS servers, and is that DNS server or pool local?  (Are there any references to other non-local-LAN DNS servers?)


    Logs?  Assuming the server isn't all that busy when you test, launch, start your connection test with the Server Tools, and look at the aggregate log display for errors.  (If it's busier box and can't be quiesced for testing, then yes, you can have to drill down into individual logs, or grep -R the /var/log directory for server or such...)  But without knowing what (else) is wrong, it's difficult to predict.

  • iToaster Level 3 Level 3 (560 points)
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    Nov 28, 2012 5:38 PM (in response to AppleJason)

    is the server responding normally other than the blank server admin, if not

    have a look with activity monitor, see if any processes are running awry

  • MrHoffman Level 6 Level 6 (11,695 points)
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    Nov 30, 2012 4:01 AM (in response to AppleJason)

    Check your network for errors or routing weirdness.


    And check on the client and on the server when you're testing; when the login gets slow.


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