OS X server services will not start

We have a xserve that was running fine, the server rebooted and all of a sudden, none of the services will start in server admin, we receive error messages that each plugin will not start.  This is an emergency, any suggestions are helpful

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Peterson50Asked:
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Shaun McNicholasSenior Marketing TechnologistCommented:
Hard to say without knowing anything about your server - but I would start by looking at the logs - in each service look at the logs and see what they say - also you might check the logs in the /Library/Logs/CrashReporter
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nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
I think that your licensing is a little messed up.  Go into Server Admin and check your licensing...
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Peterson50Author Commented:
Looked at the logs and apparently, the server claims that another computer is using its internal ip address, but the mac address associated with it is the servers nic card, I've rebooted this server (soft reset) a few times and finally some of the services are working enough for everyone to get through but I may need to physically power  it down and power it back on, if the tables in the switch or somewhere have become corrupted with it thinking its ip is still in use.

Any ideas

------- Below is part of the log with the error message
Apr 27 10:09:31 primary ntpd[339]: bind() fd 5, family 30, port 123, addr ::, in6_is_addr_multicast=0 flags=0 fails: Address already in use
Apr 27 10:09:31 primary ntpd[339]: bind() fd 5, family 2, port 123, addr 127.0.0.1, in_classd=0 flags=0 fails: Address already in use
Apr 27 10:09:31 primary ntpd[339]: bind() fd 5, family 30, port 123, addr ::1, in6_is_addr_multicast=0 flags=0 fails: Address already in use
Apr 27 10:09:31 primary ntpd[339]: bind() fd 5, family 30, port 123, addr fe80:1::1, in6_is_addr_multicast=0 flags=0 fails: Address already in use
Apr 27 10:09:31 primary ntpd[339]: bind() fd 5, family 30, port 123, addr fe80:4::20d:93ff:fe9d:d6be, in6_is_addr_multicast=0 flags=0 fails: Address already in use
Apr 27 10:09:31 primary ntpd[339]: bind() fd 5, family 2, port 123, addr 65.118.203.162, in_classd=0 flags=8 fails: Address already in use
Apr 27 10:09:31 primary ntpd[339]: bind() fd 5, family 30, port 123, addr fe80:5::20d:93ff:fe9d:d6bf, in6_is_addr_multicast=0 flags=0 fails: Can't assign requested address
Apr 27 10:09:31 primary ntpd[339]: bind() fd 5, family 2, port 123, addr 192.168.2.1, in_classd=0 flags=8 fails: Address already in use
Apr 27 10:09:32 primary ntpd[339]: sendto(17.151.16.23): Bad file descriptor
2010-04-27 10:12:43.351 Server Admin[329] Server got an empty response (servermgr_info may have crashed)
2010-04-27 10:12:43.353 Server Admin[329] Disabling multithreaded transactions for primary.server.net
2010-04-27 10:12:43.353 Server Admin[329] Server got an empty response (servermgr_info relay may have crashed)
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Shaun McNicholasSenior Marketing TechnologistCommented:
Try hard coding in another IP address to see if everything then starts without issues - I would expect that is the case - in that case you'll have to trace the origin of the other machine or ghost machine in your switching somewhere - just reboot or reset the other machine that has grabbed the ip of this one and you'll be good to go.

Sounds like you don't have that server address reserved in your DHCP setup - if you reserve the address to the servers MAC ID you won't have this problem in the future - or you should always have Servers running with IPs outside of the range of available addresses from DHCP - in my environments I always have my servers use the first 25 addresses and then configure the DHCP to use from 26 and up - that way I don't need to reserve MAC addresses - but one way or the other you have to either point everyone to the new address or power off the other machine that is now using the IP you previously were using for this server.

Good Find! I wish the Apple Servers had better alerting for things like that - if none of the services are starting because of the same problem you would think they could pop up a warning saying ip already in use - I hate Windows machines - but that particular issue is dealt with well in Windows.
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Peterson50Author Commented:
We do have it setup that way, the ip address is 192.168.2.1 but dhcp starts at 192.168.2.2, but the mac address that it is giving for the duplicate is its own address.  
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Shaun McNicholasSenior Marketing TechnologistCommented:
Strange - have you done a complete reboot of the server?
Also make sure the other ethernet card is not trying to use the same address.
I am sure you did both of those things - just trying to be thorough.
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Peterson50Author Commented:
Thanks for the suggestions, I'm willing to try anything.  I did a restart via Apple Menu but was not in the office, tomorrow morning I go in early and will do a hard power down and start up.  What is weird we purchased a new switch due to one failing and 2 users simply cannot connect via that new switch but can connect via the wireless going through the switch something does not make sense, I'm wondering if the dhcp is running afoul somehow.  I checked the ports on the switch and did a reboot of it and thats when the problem started with 2 users getting disconnected
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crystaltecCommented:
Hi There, wondering if you found a solution, I have a terribly similar one here
see
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Apple/Hardware/Apple_Network_Hardware/Q_26008365.html
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Peterson50Author Commented:
No never found a solution, we have been moving everything over to new server and will retire the older one once we get Filemaker running on another computer.  This server has DHCP turned off and is not doing anything other than hosting Filemaker and the problem still exists, it reboots for no reason, at one point we say that afp services was going down so we moved all the shares off to another box.    Turned dhcp as stated so it is no longer used as gateway computer.  Still problems, server is 5+ years old so it is time to retire.  Its not worth the time.
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crystaltecCommented:
interesting, we decided to do the same - get new server & if we can repiar this one than use it as backup server
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