NIS is an enterprise-wide information service in the Solaris environment. Each enterprise is a single NIS domain. There is one FNS organizational unit which corresponds to the single NIS domain.
Under NIS, FNS context and attribute data are stored in NIS maps. These maps are stored in a /var/yp/domainname directory on a NIS server. Under NIS, the super user can use FNS commands to work with the information in FNS maps.
If certain conditions are met, any NIS client (machine, process, or user) can use FNS commands such as fncreate_fs or fncreate_printer to update the client's own contexts. This allows NIS clients to use FNS commands to update applications such as Printer Administrator, CDE Calendar Manager, Admin Tool and others.
For non-super-users to update their own contexts with FNS commands, the following conditions must be met:
A client user or machine is only allowed to update its own context.
The client must be authorized to perform the requested update.
SKI does not support 64-bit mode. Thus, NIS clients cannot update contexts in 64-bit mode.