FNS System administration varies according to the underlying naming service:
NIS+. Under NIS+, FNS system administration tasks can only be performed by those with authorization to do so. The usual method of granting system administration privileges is to create an NIS+ group and assign that group the necessary privileges for that domain. Any member of the group can then perform system administration functions.
NIS. Under NIS, FNS administration tasks must be performed by root on the NIS master server.
The ability of users to make changes to their own user sub-contexts varies according to the underlying naming service:
NIS+. Under NIS+, a user's context (and associated sub-contexts) are owned by them. When logged in as an NIS+ principle, users who have the appropriate credentials and privileges can make changes to their own context using the fncreate, fnbind, fnunbind, and similar commands.
NIS. Under NIS, users cannot make any changes to any FNS data. Only those with root access on the NIS master server can change FNS data.
Files. Under a files-based naming system, users own their own contexts. Standard UNIX access controls apply to FNS files.