Setting up 10.6 server: DNS/FQDN problems

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by jeroendh, Mar 3, 2010.

  1. jeroendh macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2010
    Hello all,

    I have pulled the job on myself of setting up Mac OSX 10.6 Server on a Mac Mini machine. I am new to Macos Server, but I'm not an IT beginner. I've read the documentations that I could find on, yet I still find myself having problems setting up the server correctly. I first tried to setup the server without a real domain name, and figured that was the problem. So I added a subdomain to the excisting domain name of my (small business) website and pointed it to the static IP of the internet connection of the office. After that I reinstalled macos server, but I still got multiple errors.

    So far for the introduction, lets go to facts:
    (The domain names and IP adresses are examples for security reasons)

    DSL modem-router & ISP info
    - NAT disabled
    - Gives static public IP adress to connected machine: (I've got 4 static IP adresses, even tho I use one.)
    - VPN & Webservice ports forwarded in the firewall to
    - Has its own IP adress:
    - ISP DNS server 1 info:
    - ISP DNS server 1 info:

    Router: Apple Time Machine
    - Network settings using the static IP (
    - Network settings using as the default gateway
    - Network settings using DNS server 1:
    - Network settings using DNS server 1:
    - Set up with NAT
    - Has the lan ip adress
    - Gives out the DHCP ip adresses -
    - Connected to 5x 10.6 clients wirelessly
    - Connected to 10.6 Server with utp
    - Gives the 10.6 Server the static IP
    - VPN & Webservice ports forwarded in the firewall to

    Domain Name
    Registered domain name:
    Added an A dns record for "", forwarding it to

    Okay, I hope this is all the info you guys need. If not please ask. :)

    Basically I have two problems:
    1. Very slow connecting on the clients.
    2. Server Assistant gives multiple errors

    1. After I set up the server, I noticed that the Server had changed my Time Machine's DNS settings. DNS Server 1 was now the server's lan ip adres and the DNS Server 2 was now the ISP DNS

    I am pretty sure the slow down is being caused by some bad DNS settings, but I can't seem to see the specifics. Can someone with better insight tell me which DNS adresses I should use in the Time Machine, and in the Server?

    2. When Server Assistant asked for the Primary DNS Name, I filled in "". For the Computer Name, I filled in "Example Server".

    Am I using the domain name correctly like this? Is this the cause of the errors(DNS+Directory Service+other errors) in Server Assistant?

    I hope some of you can advice me. :) I have plenty to learn and Im not afraid to either.

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