Alias Issue with OS X Server Messages Service

Alias Issue with OS X Server Messages Service


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We have run into an issue with using an hostname alias with the Messages service on OS X Server requiring the configuration to be modified after every OS X Server application update. The ALIAS record maps a name to another name, but in turns it can coexist with other records on that name.

Workaround


On the OS X Server, stop the Messages service with the following command:

Enter the administrator password:

And you should get the following output if the Messages service has properly stopped:

Or turn OFF the Messages service using the Server application:

OS X Server - Messages Off

Then open the following sm.xml file with your favorite text editor:

Edit the following text:

You want to add your server alias hostname underneath the line for your server primary hostname.

For example:

On the OS X Server, start the Messages service with the following command:

Enter the administrator password:

And you should get the following output if the Messages service has properly started:

Or turn ON the Messages service using the Server application:

OS X Server - Messages On

Next, launch your Messages client software and test the modification is working properly with your server hostname alias.

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