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10.4 Server: Avoid errors with dot-local access OS X Server
Tiger only hintI was encountering a couple of issues with my OS X Server installation.

First, I found that ssh logins to my server, which I access in the dot-local notation (i.e. server-name.local) were suddenly very, very slow. Using ssh without Rendezvous/Bonjour was still normal.

Second, iCal suddenly stopped updating its data to the local WebDAV server, which I also access using the dot-local notation

After some troubleshooting, I tracked down the cause of the problem. The problem was that I had enabled the new OS X Tiger Server 'Stealth Mode for TCP' by checking the box in the Firewall section of Server Admin. Removing the checkmark and saving solved the problem.
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10.4 Server: Avoid errors with dot-local access
Authored by: beauh on Mar 08, '06 09:26:21AM

You'll be much better off setting up a real DNS system for your server so that you have full forward and reverse lookup capabilities, rather than relying on mdns. OS X server can be very squirrely without em. Additionally, you'll be able to go back to "stealth mode" on your clients.

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