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macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jan 9, 2009
I'm working through Todd Othoff's excellent YouTube videos on setting up OS/X server, but have run into a problem -- it's not something he's shown how to do yet.

My problem is that I cannot connect to Mavericks server from another computer on the internal network.


For another computer on the local network, not sure all this is necessary, but so far I have setup DNS and Open Directory. I created a networked user.

The problem I'm having is that when I type in the IP address into Finder's "Connect to Server" dialog from another computer, it says there's a problem connecting to the machine. I am able to "share the screen" since that option is explicitly enabled in server so I know the other network machine is able to "see" the server.

I've tried also typing in the server name into finder's Connect To Server dialog.

I can ping the server with no problems so the IP address is "answering".

Perhaps I don't have some other service enabled? Not sure. I saw one posting on the Apple App Store where someone said he couldn't log in via a network account.

Do I need to enable file sharing or something like that?

I'm using OS/X Server 3.0.2.

This server is just for the local network.

Thanks for any suggestions.

- m


macrumors G5
Jul 11, 2009
Do I need to enable file sharing or something like that?

If you're trying to use the server as a file server, then yes, you need to enable file sharing in and you also need to set up share points there.
If you're just trying to share files from a given computer to another and aren't trying to manage a lot of users, you don't need DNS or Open Directory, or even Server. You can just enable file sharing in the Sharing System Preference.


macrumors newbie
Feb 11, 2010
May be the DNS!

I set up server and was unable to connect to it from the LAN because it was trying to use the WAN IP to connect. If you are using a Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN). ie, this may be your issue.

Try connecting from the other machine but type in the LAN IP address and then your user name and password.

If you are not using a FQDM then ignore this message.
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