- application-level naming service
Application-level naming services are incorporated in applications offering services such as files, mail,
and printing. Application-level naming services are bound below enterprise-level naming services. The enterprise-level naming
services provide contexts in which contexts of application-level naming services can be bound.
Each LDAP entry consists of a number of named attributes each of
which has one or more values.
Also, the N2L service mapping and configuration files each consist of a number of
named attributes. Each attribute has one or more values.
The means by which a server can verify a client's identity.
The DN where part of the DIT is rooted. When this is the
baseDN for an NIS domains entries it is also referred to as a
(1) The client is a principal (machine or user) requesting an naming service
from an naming server.
(2) In the client-server model for file systems, the client is a machine that
remotely accesses resources of a compute server, such as compute power and large
(3) In the client-server model, the client is an application that accesses services from
a “server process.” In this model, the client and the server can run
on the same machine or on separate machines.
- client-server model
A common way to describe network services and the model user processes (programs)
of those services. Examples include the name-server/name-resolver paradigm of the Domain Name System (DNS). See also client.
For the N2L service, a context is something under which a NIS domain
is generally mapped. See also baseDN.
The authentication information that the client software sends along with each request to
a naming server. This information verifies the identity of a user or machine.
- data encrypting key
A key used to encipher and decipher data intended for programs that perform
encryption. Contrast with key encrypting key.
- data encryption standard (DES)
A commonly used, highly sophisticated algorithm developed by the U.S. National Bureau of
Standards for encrypting and decrypting data. See also SUN-DES-1.
For the N2L service, a databaseID is an alias for a group of
maps containing NIS entries of the same format (having the same mappings to
LDAP). The maps might have differing keys.
DBM is the database originally used to store NIS maps.
- decimal dotted notation
The syntactic representation for a 32-bit integer that consists of four 8-bit numbers
written in base 10 with periods (dots) separating them. Used to represent IP addresses
in the Internet as in: 188.8.131.52.
See data encryption standard (DES).
(1) An LDAP directory is a container for LDAP objects. In UNIX, a
container for files and subdirectories.
- directory cache
A local file used to store data associated with directory objects.
- directory information tree
The DIT is the distributed directory structure for a given network. By default,
clients access the information assuming that the DIT has a given structure. For
each domain supported by the LDAP server, there is an assumed subtree with an
- distinguished name
A distinguished name is an entry in an X.500 directory information base (DIB)
composed of selected attributes from each entry in the tree along a path
leading from the root down to the named entry.
See directory information tree.
A distinguished name in LDAP. A tree-like structured addressing scheme of the LDAP
directory which gives a unique name to each LDAP entry.
See Domain Name System.
An NIS server forwards requests it cannot answer to DNS servers.
- DNS zone files
A set of files wherein the DNS software stores the names and IP
addresses of all the workstations in a domain.
- DNS zones
Administrative boundaries within a network domain, often made up of one or more
(1) In the Internet, a part of a naming hierarchy usually corresponding to
a Local Area Network (LAN) or Wide Area Network (WAN) or a portion
of such a network. Syntactically, an Internet domain name consists of a sequence
of names (labels) separated by periods (dots). For example, sales.example.com.
(2) In International Organization for Standardization's open systems interconnection (OSI), “domain” is generally used
as an administrative partition of a complex distributed system, as in MHS private
management domain (PRMD), and directory management domain (DMD).
- domain name
The name assigned to a group of systems on a local network that
share DNS administrative files. The domain name is required for the network information
service database to work properly. See also domain.
- Domain naming service (DNS)
A service that provides the naming policy and mechanisms for mapping domain and
machine names to addresses outside of the enterprise, such as those on the
Internet. DNS is the network information service used by the Internet.
The means by which the privacy of data is protected.
- encryption key
See data encrypting key.
- enterprise-level network
An “enterprise-level” network can be a single Local Area Network (LAN) communicating over cables,
infra-red beams, or radio broadcast; or a cluster of two or more LANs
linked together by cable or direct phone connections. Within an enterprise-level network, every
machine is able to communicate with every other machine without reference to a
global naming service such as DNS or X.500/LDAP.
A single row of data in a database table, such as an
LDAP element in a DIT.
A NIS map entry might consist of a number of components and separator
characters. As part of the N2L service mapping process the entry is first
broken down into a number of named fields.
See group ID.
- global naming service
A global naming service identifies (names) those enterprise-level networks around the world that are
linked together by phone, satellite, or other communication systems. This world-wide collection of
linked networks is known as the “Internet.” In addition to naming networks, a
global naming service also identifies individual machines and users within a given network.
- group ID
A number that identifies the default group for a user.
- indexed name
A naming format used to identify an entry in a table.
- Internet address
A 32-bit address assigned to hosts using TCP/IP. See decimal dotted notation.
Internet Protocol. The network layer protocol for the Internet protocol suite.
- IP address
A unique number that identifies each host in a network.
- key (encrypting)
A key used to encipher and decipher other keys, as part of a
key management and distribution system. Contrast with data encrypting key.
- key server
An Oracle Solaris operating environment process that stores private keys.
Lightweight Directory Access Protocol is a standard, extensible directory access protocol used by
LDAP naming service clients and servers to communicate with each other.
- local-area network (LAN)
Multiple systems at a single geographical site connected together for the purpose of
sharing and exchanging data and software.
- mail exchange records
Files that contain a list of DNS domain names and their corresponding mail
- mail hosts
A workstation that functions as an email router and receiver for a site.
The process of converting NIS entries to or from DIT entries. This process
is controlled by a mapping file.
- master server
The server that maintains the master copy of the network information service database
for a particular domain. Namespace changes are always made to the naming service
database kept by the domain's master server. Each domain has only one master server.
Management information systems (or services).
- N2L server
NIS-to-LDAP server. An NIS master server that has been reconfigured as an N2L
server by using the N2L service. Reconfiguration includes replacing NIS daemons and adding
new configuration files.
- name resolution
The process of translating workstation or user names to addresses.
- name server
Servers that run one or more network naming services.
- name service switch
The svc:/system/name-service/switch service which defines the sources from which an naming client can
obtain its network information.
(1) A namespace stores information that users, workstations, and applications must have to
communicate across the network.
(2) The set of all names in a naming system.
- naming service
A network service that handles machine, user, printer, domain, router, an other network
names and addresses.
NDBM is an improved version of DBM.
- network mask
A number used by software to separate the local subnet address from the
rest of a given Internet protocol address.
- network password
See Secure RPC password.
A distributed network information service containing key information about the systems and the
users on the network. The NIS database is stored on the master server and
all the replica or slave servers.
- NIS maps
A file used by NIS that holds information of a particular type, for
example, the password entries of all users on a network or the names
of all host machines on a network. Programs that are part of the
NIS service query these maps. See also NIS.
- preferred server list
A client_info table or a client_info file. Preferred server lists specify the
preferred servers for a client or domain.
- private key
The private component of a pair of mathematically generated numbers, which, when combined
with a private key, generates the DES key. The DES key in turn
is used to encode and decode information. The private key of the sender
is only available to the owner of the key. Every user or machine
has its own public and private key pair.
- public key
The public component of a pair of mathematically generated numbers, which, when combined
with a private key, generates the DES key. The DES key in turn
is used to encode and decode information. The public key is available to
all users and machines. Every user or machine has their own public and
private key pair.
Relative Distinguished Name. One part of a DN.
- remote procedure call (RPC)
An easy and popular paradigm for implementing the client-server model of distributed computing.
A request is sent to a remote system to execute a designated procedure,
using arguments supplied, and the result is returned to the caller.
- reverse resolution
The process of converting workstation IP addresses to workstation names using the DNS
- RFC 2307
RFC specifying a mapping of information from the standard NIS maps to DIT
entries. By default, the N2L service implements the mapping specified in an updated
version RFC 2307bis.
See remote procedure call (RPC).
The simple authentication and security layer. A framework for negotiating authentication and security
layer semantics in application-layer protocols.
A set of rules defining what types of data can be stored in
any given LDAP DIT.
A description of where to look for a given attribute in the DIT.
The searchTriple is composed of a 'base dn', 'scope' and 'filter'. This is
part of the LDAP URL format as defined in RFC 2255.
- Secure RPC password
Password required by the secure RPC protocol. This password is used to encrypt
the private key. This password should always be identical to the user's login password.
(1) In NIS, DNS, and LDAP a host machine providing naming services to
(2) In the client-server model for file systems, the server is a machine
with computing resources (and is sometimes called the compute server), and large memory capacity.
Client machines can remotely access and make use of these resources. In the
client-server model for window systems, the server is a process that provides windowing
services to an application, or “client process.” In this model, the client and
the server can run on the same machine or on separate machines.
(3) A daemon that actually handles the providing of files.
- server list
See preferred server list.
- slave server
A server system that maintains a copy of the NIS database. It has
a disk and a complete copy of the operating environment.
NIS source files
SSL is the secure sockets layer protocol. It is a generic transport-layer security
mechanism designed to make application protocols such as LDAP secure.
A working scheme that divides a single logical network into smaller physical networks
to simplify routing.
In LDAP, the distinguished name (DN) of the DIT.
See Transport Control Protocol (TCP).
Acronym for Transport Control Protocol/Interface Program. The protocol suite originally developed for the
Internet. It is also called the Internet protocol suite. Oracle Solaris networks run on
TCP/IP by default.
- Transport Control Protocol (TCP)
The major transport protocol in the Internet suite of protocols providing reliable, connection-oriented, full-duplex
streams. Uses IP for delivery. See TCP/IP.
- Transport Layer Security (TLS)
TLS secures communication between an LDAP client and the directory server, providing both
privacy and data integrity. The TLS protocol is a super set of the
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol.
- wide-area network (WAN)
A network that connects multiple local-area networks (LANs) or systems at different geographical
sites by phone, fiber-optic, or satellite links.
A global-level directory service defined by an Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) standard. A
precursor to LDAP.
Yellow Pages. The old name for NIS which is still used within the