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System Administration Guide: Naming and Directory Services (DNS, NIS, and LDAP)
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Part I About Naming and Directory Services

1.  Naming and Directory Services (Overview)

2.  The Name Service Switch (Overview)

Part II DNS Setup and Administration

3.  DNS Setup and Administration (Reference)

Part III NIS Setup and Administration

4.  Network Information Service (NIS) (Overview)

5.  Setting Up and Configuring NIS Service

6.  Administering NIS (Tasks)

7.  NIS Troubleshooting

NIS Binding Problems


NIS Problems Affecting One Client

ypbind Not Running on Client

Missing or Incorrect Domain Name

Client Not Bound to Server

No Server Available

ypwhich Displays Are Inconsistent

When Server Binding is Not Possible

ypbind Crashes

NIS Problems Affecting Many Clients

rpc.yppasswdd Considers a Non-Restricted Shell That Begins With r to be Restricted

Network or Servers Are Overloaded

Server Malfunction

NIS Daemons Not Running

Servers Have Different Versions of an NIS Map

ypserv Crashes

Part IV LDAP Naming Services Setup and Administration

8.  Introduction to LDAP Naming Services (Overview/Reference)

9.  LDAP Basic Components and Concepts (Overview)

10.  Planning Requirements for LDAP Naming Services (Tasks)

11.  Setting Up Sun Java System Directory Server With LDAP Clients (Tasks)

12.  Setting Up LDAP Clients (Tasks)

13.  LDAP Troubleshooting (Reference)

14.  LDAP General Reference (Reference)

15.  Transitioning From NIS to LDAP (Overview/Tasks)

16.  Transitioning From NIS+ to LDAP

A.  Solaris 10 Software Updates to DNS, NIS, and LDAP

Service Management Facility Changes


pam_ldap Changes

Documentation Errors



Chapter 7

NIS Troubleshooting

This chapter explains how to resolve problems encountered on networks running NIS. It covers problems seen on an NIS client and those seen on an NIS server.

Before trying to debug an NIS server or client, review Chapter 4, Network Information Service (NIS) (Overview) which explains the NIS environment. Then look for the subheading in this section that best describes your problem.

Note - The NIS service is managed by the Service Management Facility. Administrative actions on this service, such as enabling, disabling, or restarting, can be performed by using the svcadm command. See NIS and the Service Management Facility for more information about using SMF with NIS. For an overview of SMF, refer to Chapter 18, Managing Services (Overview), in System Administration Guide: Basic Administration. Also refer to the svcadm(1M) and svcs(1) man pages for more details.

NIS services can also be started and stopped by using the ypstart and ypstop commands. See the ypstart(1M) and ypstop(1M) man pages for more information.