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System Administration Guide: Naming and Directory Services (NIS+)
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Part I About Naming and Directory Services

1.  Name Service Switch

Part II NIS+ Setup and Configuration

2.  NIS+: An Introduction

3.  NIS+ Setup Scripts

4.  Configuring NIS+ With Scripts

5.  Setting Up the NIS+ Root Domain

6.  Configuring NIS+ Clients

7.  Configuring NIS+ Servers

8.  Configuring an NIS+ Non-Root Domain

9.  Setting Up NIS+ Tables

Part III NIS+ Administration

10.  NIS+ Tables and Information

11.  NIS+ Security Overview

12.  Administering NIS+ Credentials

13.  Administering NIS+ Keys

14.  Administering Enhanced NIS+ Security Credentials

15.  Administering NIS+ Access Rights

16.  Administering NIS+ Passwords

17.  Administering NIS+ Groups

18.  Administering NIS+ Directories

NIS+ Directories

Using the niscat Command With NIS+ Directories

Listing the Object Properties of an NIS+ Directory

Using the nisls Command With Directories

Listing the Contents of an NIS+ Directory - Terse

Listing the Contents of an NIS+ Directory - Verbose

nismkdir Command

Creating an NIS+ Directory

Adding an NIS+ Replica to an Existing Directory

nisrmdir Command

Removing an NIS+ Directory

Disassociating a Replica From an NIS+ Directory

nisrm Command

Removing NIS+ Nondirectory Objects

rpc.nisd Daemon

Starting the rpc.nisd Daemon

Stopping the rpc.nisd Daemon

Changing rpc.nisd Syntax Options

nisinit Command

Three Methods to Initialize an NIS+ Client

Initializing the NIS+ Root Master Server

nis_cachemgr Daemon

Starting and Stopping the NIS+ Cache Manager

nisshowcache Command

Displaying the Contents of the NIS+ Cache

Pinging and Checkpointing in NIS+

nisping Command

Displaying When NIS+ Replicas Were Last Updated

Forcing a Ping in NIS+

Checkpointing an NIS+ Directory

nislog Command

Displaying the Contents of the NIS+ Transaction Log

nischttl Command

Changing the Time-to-Live of an NIS+ Object

Changing the Time-to-Live of an NIS+ Table Entry

19.  Administering NIS+ Tables

20.  NIS+ Server Use Customization

21.  NIS+ Backup and Restore

22.  Removing NIS+

23.  Information in NIS+ Tables

24.  NIS+ Troubleshooting

A.  NIS+ Error Messages

About NIS+ Error Messages

Common NIS+ Namespace Error Messages

B.  Updates to NIS+ During the Solaris 10 Release

Solaris 10 and NIS+



nis_cachemgr Daemon

The nis_cachemgr should run on all NIS+ clients. The cache manager maintains a cache of location information about the NIS+ servers that support the most frequently used directories in the namespace, including transport addresses, authentication information, and a time-to-live value.

At startup, the cache manager obtains its initial information from the client's cold-start file, and downloads it into the /var/nis/NIS_SHARED_DIRCACHE file.

The cache manager makes requests as a client machine. Make sure the client machine has the proper credentials, or instead of improving performance, the cache manager will degrade it.

Starting and Stopping the NIS+ Cache Manager

When using the Service Management Facility (SMF), the cache manager has a dependency on the NIS+ service, so cache manager starts and stops along with the NIS+ service. Use the svcadm command to start, stop, or restart the NIS+ service.

client% svcadm enable /network/rpc/nisplus:default
client% svcadm disable /network/rpc/nisplus:default
client% svcadm restart /network/rpc/nisplus:default

When you stop and start the NIS+ service, the cache manager is restarted but it retains the information in the /var/nis/NIS_SHARED_DIRCACHE file. The information in the cold-start file is simply appended to the existing information in the cache file. Use the -i option to clear the cache file and re-initialize it from the contents of the client's cold-start file.