Solaris Naming Administration Guide


Solaris Naming Administration Guide describes how to customize and administer the four name services: NIS+, NIS, FNS, and DNS once they have been initially set up and configured. This manual is part of the Solaris 2.6 Release System and Network Administration manual set.

Who Should Use This Book

This book is written primarily for system and network administrators, It assumes you are an experienced system administrator.

Although this book introduces networking concepts relevant to Solaris name services, it makes no attempt to explain networking fundamentals or describe the administration tools offered by the Solaris environment. If you administer networks, this manual assumes you already know how they work and have already chosen your favorite tools.

(Solaris Naming Setup and Configuration Guide explains how to initially set up and configure the four Solaris naming services.)

How This Book Is Organized

This book has seven parts:

Part I, Introduction to Solaris Naming

This part provides an introduction and overview of namespaces and Solaris naming services, and using the nsswitch.conf file to coordinate naming service usage.

Part II, NIS+ Introduction and Overview

This part describes NIS+:

Part III, Administering NIS+

This part describes how to administer a functioning NIS+ namespace.

Part IV, Administering NIS

Part V, Administering FNS

This part describes the Federated Naming Service (FNS) and how to administer it.

Part VI, Administering DNS

This part describes the Domain Name System and how to administer it.

Part VII, Appendices

This part provides reference material and a glossary.

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What Typographic Conventions Mean

The following table describes the typographic changes used in this book.

Table P-1 Typographic Conventions

Typeface or Symbol 




 The names of commands, files, and directories; on-screen computer output

Edit your .login file.

Use ls -a to list all files.

machine_name% you have mail.


 What you type, contrasted with on-screen computer outputmachine_name% su Password:


 Command-line placeholder: replace with a real name or value

To delete a file, type rm filename.


Book titles, new words, or terms, or words to be emphasized. 

Read Chapter 6 in User's Guide.

These are called class options.

You must be root to do this.

Shell Prompts in Command Examples

The following table shows the default system prompt and superuser prompt for the C shell, Bourne shell, and Korn shell.

Table P-2 Shell Prompts



 C shell promptmachine_name%
 C shell superuser promptmachine_name#
 Bourne shell and Korn shell prompt$
 Bourne shell and Korn shell superuser prompt#