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Kamikafre Level 1 Level 1



I've just downloaded Server on 10.8.1, i was configuring and after i've specified my apple ID and password, it launches a message (in spanish) who says something like: "No server found with the name specified", but i didn't specified any name!!! i just gave the domain name, and that's all!...


Just in case, i've tried the fix of changing the version on the SystemVersion.plist, and after rebooting still the same message...


Any ideas??


Thanks so much in advance!

OS X Server, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1)
Solved by Kamikafre on Sep 6, 2012 10:51 AM Solved

Found the solution,


reviewing the /private/etc/hosts i noticed that i had a line at the beginning that was corrupted, so i had to delete it, and then the server app, found the server (itself, that's why the loopback address)

Reply by Mark23 on Sep 1, 2012 11:19 AM Helpful

Begin here: OS X Server requirements and follow the complete series "before you set up" in the left hand side of the screen to get many potential startup problems ironed out.


Also do a

sudo changeip -checkhostname


in terminal and post changes here.

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  • Mark23 Level 3 Level 3

    Begin here: OS X Server requirements and follow the complete series "before you set up" in the left hand side of the screen to get many potential startup problems ironed out.


    Also do a

    sudo changeip -checkhostname


    in terminal and post changes here.

  • Kamikafre Level 1 Level 1

    i didn't know about that page, it helped me because it shows information that i didn't found.


    Regarding the command, the syntax is a bit strange, isn't it?? changeip and checkhostname? you want to know my public ip? my hostname?  the name of the domain?

    what information you want to know?? ask me and i'll try to find it.


    Thanks anyway for the tip on the link!

  • Mark23 Level 3 Level 3

    Please do not post private information on the forums, you can just substitute your domain by and your external ip by something like


    Do you have a domain name registered somewhere?

  • Kamikafre Level 1 Level 1

    That's why i'm asking for the command you asked me to put on the term. the information it could show, is regarding ip's and hostname's, nevertheless it didn't work changeip, is not recognized by the term, with sudo, nor bash...


    i do, but this server, will not use that information, i will access it through VPN and LAN



  • Kamikafre Level 1 Level 1

    Any ideas???? no one have a clue?? no one had this issue?



  • Mark23 Level 3 Level 3

    What is the exact error you get when trying to install the server, you can also make a screen print pressing cmd + shift + 3 which you could upload here in Apple Support Communities...

  • Mark23 Level 3 Level 3

    You likely received an error titled "this computer's host name is invalid", with the description: "the host name does not resolve to any configured address of this computer. Please ensure the host name is correct" while setting up Open Directory (via Provile Manager), am I right?


    This might help: E784C8B6731

  • Kamikafre Level 1 Level 1

    No, i don't get that error, the one i'm having is:


    "No server found with the name specified" in the first steps of configuration, after choosing private and VPN access, and putting my apple ID and pass on the section "push notifications.."


    i don't understand why I'm having this error

  • Mark23 Level 3 Level 3

    If you enter into terminal the following:


    sudo changeip -checkhostname


    does it say the the names match or does it say you have to repair DNS?

  • Kamikafre Level 1 Level 1

    I told you on my first message, that the command "changeip" does not exist, maybe i need some libraries or i don't know but does not work...



  • Mark23 Level 3 Level 3

    Will you restart the server and run Disk Utility on the server to repair permissions?

  • Mark23 Level 3 Level 3

    changeip(8)               BSD System Manager's Manual              changeip(8)




         changeip -- Change service configuration files with hard-coded IP





         changeip [-v] [-d path] old-ip [new-ip] [old-hostname new-hostname]



         changeip -checkhostname



         changeip -h




         changeip is used to manually update configuration records when a server's

         IP address or hostname changed in a way that affected services were

         unable to properly process, for example when the server is behind a NAT

         device and the WAN identity changed.



         In typical usage, this command is used by an administrator to correct

         affected services when a server's network information changes.  changeip

         can be invoked before the change is applied; in such an invocation, the

         arguments consist of the server's current and pending IP addresses, and

         optionally the existing and new host name.  Their usage and valid values


         old-ip        If the IP address has not yet been changed, this is the

                       existing IP address of the server. If the IP has already

                       been changed, this is the previous address. (This is the

                       value that will be replaced in the server's relevant con-

                       figuration files.)

         new-ip        If the IP address has not yet been changed, this is the IP

                       address that will be assigned to the server. If the IP has

                       already been changed, this is the existing IP address. This

                       value will replace old-ip in the machine's configuration.

         old-hostname  As with old-ip, the existing or previous fully qualified

                       domain name ("FQDN" or sometimes "DNS name") for this

                       server. If only the IP address was affected, this argument

                       and the next may be omitted.

         new-hostname  If old-hostname was provided, this argument must also be

                       provided. The machine's fully qualified domain name and

                       related service configuration will be set to this value.



         Once the tool has successfully completed, the administrator must change

         the machine's network settings in the Network Control Panel to match

         new-ip (if new-ip is not the current IP) and immediately reboot the




         The second invocation, -checkhostname, provides a diagnostic tool that

         compares the current IP address and hostname to the information returned

         by DNS.



         The final invocation prints usage information.



         changeip must be run as root.




         The following options are available:

         -d path      Iterate over the executables in path instead of the default




         -h           Print usage summary and exit.



         -v           Run verbosely, that is with additional diagnostic output.





               -   daemon


               -   directory containing service-specific tools




         This would be a typical invocation for a server redeployment:


         It is also possible to leave the host name intact and only change the IP






         Its complement could be used to change only the host names, perhaps

         because the DNS tables have been changed:



         Note how the IP addresses are required, but that they are identical.



         Optionally you may supply only a single IP Address if only the hostname

         is changing.



         Note a warning will be returned if, after setting the new hostname, it

         does not resolve to the IP Address supplied.




         The changeip utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.



         /Applications/ must be

         run as root.  Because changeip modifies system-wide resources, it must be

         executed by the root user.



         Invalid IP Address:  One of the IP address arguments was invalid.




         dscl(1), DirectoryServiceAttributes(7), DirectoryService(8), scutil(8)




         The script does not perform the actual change of IP address; this is by





         A version of changeip has been present in Mac OS X Server since at least

         version 10.3 (Panther).



         In 10.6 (Snow Leopard), changeip no longer manipulates the directory and

         therefore no longer takes a directory URL as an argument.



    Mac OS X Server 10.8          September 17, 2008          Mac OS X Server 10.8

  • Mark23 Level 3 Level 3

    I'm sorry, you are right, you didn't install server yet so the changeip tool is not yet available, I should have picked up that hint...

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