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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

19.  Administering NIS+ Tables

20.  NIS+ Server Use Customization

21.  NIS+ Backup and Restore

22.  Removing NIS+

23.  Information in NIS+ Tables

NIS+ Tables

NIS+ Tables and Other Name Services

NIS+ Table Input File Format

auto_home NIS+ Table

auto_master NIS+ Table

bootparams NIS+ Table

client_info NIS+ Table

cred NIS+ Table

ethers NIS+ Table

group NIS+ Table

hosts NIS+ Table

mail_aliases NIS+ Table

netgroup NIS+ Table

netmasks NIS+ Table

networks NIS+ Table

passwd NIS+ Table

protocols NIS+ Table

rpc NIS+ Table

services NIS+ Table

timezone NIS+ Table

Additional Default 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+ Tables

In an NIS+ environment, most namespace information is stored in NIS+ tables.

Without a naming service, most network information would be stored in /etc files and almost all NIS+ tables have corresponding /etc files. With the NIS service, you stored network information in NIS maps that also mostly corresponded with /etc files.

Note - This chapter describes only those that are distributed as part of NIS+. Users and application developers frequently create NIS+ compatible tables for their own purposes. For information about tables created by users and developers, you must consult the documentation that they provide.

All NIS+ tables are stored in the domain's org_dir NIS+ directory object except the admin and groups tables that are stored in the groups_dir directory object.

Note - Do not link table entries. Tables can be linked to other tables, but do not link an entry in one table to an entry in another table.

NIS+ Tables and Other Name Services

In the Solaris system the name service switch file (nsswitch.conf) allows you to specify one or more sources for different types of namespace information. In addition to NIS+ tables, sources can be NIS maps, DNS zone files, or /etc tables. The order in which you specify them in the switch file determines how the information from different sources is combined. (See Chapter 1, Name Service Switch for more information on the switch file.)

NIS+ Table Input File Format

If you are creating input files for any of these tables, most tables share two formatting requirements:

If a particular table has different or additional format requirements, they are described under the heading, “Input File Format.”