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Part I About Naming and Directory Services

1.  Naming and Directory Services (Overview)

2.  Name Service Switch (Overview)

3.  Managing DNS (Tasks)

4.  Setting Up Oracle Solaris Active Directory Clients (Tasks)

Part II NIS Setup and Administration

5.  Network Information Service (Overview)

6.  Setting Up and Configuring NIS (Tasks)

7.  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 /var/yp/Makefile

Working With the Makefile

Changing Makefile Macros/Variables

Modifying Makefile Entries

How to Modify /var/yp/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 the cron Command for Map Transfers

Using Shell Scripts With cron and ypxfr

Directly Invoking the ypxfr Command

Logging ypxfr Activity

Modifying Non-Default Maps

Using the makedbm Command 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 New Slave Server

Using NIS With C2 Security

Binding to a Specific NIS Server

Setting a Machine's NIS Domain

How to Set a Machine's NIS Domain Name

Using NIS in Conjunction With DNS

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

Turning Off NIS Services

8.  NIS Troubleshooting

Part III LDAP Naming Services

9.  Introduction to LDAP Naming Services (Overview)

10.  Planning Requirements for LDAP Naming Services (Tasks)

11.  Setting Up Oracle Directory Server Enterprise Edition With LDAP Clients (Tasks)

12.  Setting Up LDAP Clients (Tasks)

13.  LDAP Troubleshooting (Reference)

14.  LDAP Naming Service (Reference)

15.  Transitioning From NIS to LDAP (Tasks)



Password Files and Namespace Security

For security reasons, follow these guidelines.

For example, the master server password input files could be stored in a directory such as /var/yp, or any directory of your choice, as long as the file itself is not a link to another file and is specified in the Makefile. When you use either the Service Management Facility or the ypstart script to start the NIS service, the correct directory option is set according to the configuration specified in your Makefile.

Note - In addition to the older Solaris 1 version passwd file format, this implementation of NIS accepts the Solaris 2 passwd and shadow file formats as input for building the NIS password maps.