Apple Mac OS X FAQ
Monday, November 11, 2002
Password Server is directly related to DNS
Password Server is directly related to DNS

When I was seeing errors, it was because DNS was configured incorrectly due to the fact that the network is closed (i.e. not getting DNS from an external IP).

You can verify this by opening Server Status, connecting to your server, browsing to Directory Services and then clicking Logs. Browse to Password Server Service Log and check through that list. You're probably going to see a DNS RETRYING entry a few times in the list (assuming you have Open Directory Assistant configured properly).

To fix it, I used this:
Apple Doc 106853: Mac OS X Server 10.1: How to Set Up DNS in a NAT Environment

Try First
I added an entry in my /etc/hosts file AND use that name for Open Directory Assistant. It seems that the password server is starting before the network and can't look up DNS entries in time. If your hostname and IP are in your hosts file it can look them up instantly. This keeps you from having to set up the DNS server above.

Terminal Proof
First step.
in the terminal type the following:
nslookup x.x.x.x
Where the x's represent you IP address of your server.
You should get a return like output like:
Name: your.server.name
Address: x.x.x.x

Then also try
nslookup your.server.name
It should return your server's IP address.
It is critical that your server be able to do both standard lookups and reverse lookups on your server's IP address to get anything working.

Google as a service
Google as a service

In OS X, you can register Google as a service available to all applications under the application menu. Install the Google Service and you will be able to select text in any application and press Shift-Cmd-G to launch a Google search for that text.

Crash Logs
To generate a crash log - launch Console, go to Preferences and mark the
checkboxes under the Crash tab.

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