It is not very common to see this, but if in a rare circumstance you are hosting a zone file in house for your DNS, but it is sharing the same domain as your website, you or your employees might be stuck not being able to access your website.  Unfortunately, OS X Server does not have a way in the GUI to create a top level DNS record (sometimes seen as an @ record).  However, this can still be done via commandline...

cd /Library/Server/named

sudo nano

Add your A record for your []: 10800 IN A target_IP_Address


Once done, restart DNS in, clear your DNS cache and you should be good to go...


AuthorMike Muir
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Its such a great service, and designed from the ground up for the Apple platform.  Last time I checked, we have it installed on close to 300 systems, and it is rock solid.  Everytime we've done a server/master image deployment, we have been able to easily install the agent behind the scenes using a simple ARD Unix command and it automatically phones home.

Seriously, its really helped us be proactive.  People need to check it out.

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AuthorMike Muir