Currently Being ModeratedMay 16, 2011 2:29 PM (in response to davidh)
I was having this same problem, so I called Apple and this is what fixed my problem:
Troubleshooting steps taken with Apple before fixing my problem:
- sudo changeip -checkhostname (to check DNS)
- Tried accessing the server from Server Admin as root, same problem.
Apple then sent me a known-good com.apple.servermgrd.plist which was 4KB compared to my 2KB plist that wasn't working (and like davidh said does not get replaced if you Trash it). Replaced the plist in /Library/Preferences/, repaired permissions, rebooted and it worked!
Currently Being ModeratedAug 30, 2012 12:59 AM (in response to capsz)
Unbelievably this also worked for me.. a big thanks for posting this! I actually had a macbook pro with server installed and used the plist files from that.. after i connected and it finished installation it kicked me off the web.. (no internet connection).. I also had two windows open for the authentication step - one was by opening the server app - the second was from the "manage" "connect to server" solution that someone offered as a solution somewhere - the window that was from the manage connect to server - actually worked and finished installation..
Currently Being ModeratedMar 13, 2013 7:22 PM (in response to spraguga)
I had the same symptom, with servermgrd wasn't loaded.
After some research, I found that some admin had changed the IP-address of the server to DHCP (??) and at the next restart (when trying to solve a different problem) it changed IP, and none of the computers on the network could get in contact with the DNS server. As the servers own network settings now were looking for a DNS server that didn't exist on that IP address, things went crazy.
Bottom line: If you can get in contact with a DNS server, the servermgrd isn't launched. You could call that a bug.