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

Setting Up NIS Clients

The two methods for configuring a client machine to use NIS as its naming service are explained below.

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The Solaris operating system does not support a configuration in which a NIS client and a Native LDAP client co-exist on the same client machine.

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For reasons of security and administrative control it is preferable to specify the servers a client is to bind to in the client's ypservers file rather than have the client search for servers through broadcasting. Broadcasting slows down the network, slows the client, and prevents you from balancing server load by listing different servers for different clients.