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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)

Password Files and Namespace Security

Administering NIS Users

How to Add a New NIS User to an NIS Domain

Setting User Passwords

NIS Netgroups

Working With NIS Maps

Obtaining Map Information

Changing a Map's Master Server

How to Change a Map's Master Server

Modifying Configuration Files

How to Modify Configuration Files

Modifying and Using the Makefile

Working With the Makefile

Changing Makefile Macros/Variables

Modifying Makefile Entries

How to Modify the Makefile to Use Specific Databases

How to Modify the Makefile to Delete Databases

Updating and Modifying Existing Maps

How to Update Maps Supplied With the Default Set

Maintaining Updated Maps

Propagating an NIS Map

Using cron for Map Transfers

Using Shell Scripts With cron and ypxfr

Directly Invoking ypxfr

Logging ypxfr Activity

Modifying Default Maps

Using makedbm to Modify a Non-Default Map

Creating New Maps from Text Files

Adding Entries to a File-Based Map

Creating Maps From Standard Input

Modifying Maps Made From Standard Input

Adding a Slave Server

How to Add a Slave Server

Using NIS With C2 Security

Binding to a Specific NIS Server

Changing a Machine's NIS Domain

How to Change a Machine's NIS Domain Name

Using NIS in Conjunction With DNS

How to Configure Machine Name and Address Lookup Through NIS and DNS

Dealing with Mixed NIS Domains

Turning Off NIS Services

7.  NIS Troubleshooting

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



Changing a Machine's NIS Domain

To change the NIS domain name of a machine, do the following.

How to Change a Machine's NIS Domain Name

  1. Become superuser or assume an equivalent role.

    Roles contain authorizations and privileged commands. For more information about roles, see Chapter 9, Using Role-Based Access Control (Tasks), in System Administration Guide: Security Services.

  2. Edit the machine's /etc/defaultdomain file, exchanging its present contents with the new domain name for the machine.

    For example, if the current domain name is, you might change it to

  3. Run domainname `cat /etc/defaultdomain'
  4. Re-initialize the machine as an NIS client, slave, or master server.

    For the details, see Chapter 5, Setting Up and Configuring NIS Service.