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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

About NIS+

What NIS+ Can Do for You

How NIS+ Differs From NIS

NIS+ Security

Solaris 1 Release and NIS-Compatibility Mode

NIS+ Administration Commands


NIS+ Setup and Configuration Preparation

NIS and NIS+

NIS+ Files and Directories

Structure of the NIS+ Namespace

NIS+ Namespace Directories

NIS+ Domains

NIS+ Servers

How NIS+ Servers Propagate Changes

NIS+ Clients and Principals

NIS+ Principal

NIS+ Client

NIS+ Cold-Start File and Directory Cache

An NIS+ Server Is Also a Client

NIS+ Naming Conventions

NIS+ Domain Names

NIS+ Directory Object Names

NIS+ Tables and Group Names

NIS+ Table Entry Names

NIS+ Host Names

NIS+ Principal Names

Accepted Name Symbols in NIS+

NIS+ Name Expansion

NIS+ NIS_PATH Environment Variable

Preparing the Existing Namespace for NIS+

Two NIS+ Configuration Methods

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

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+



What NIS+ Can Do for You

NIS+ has some major advantages over NIS:

Within the security system described in NIS+ Security, you can control a particular user's access to an individual entry in a particular table. This approach to security helps to keep the system secure and administration tasks to be more broadly distributed without risking damage to the entire NIS+ namespace or even to an entire table.

The NIS+ hierarchical structure allows for multiple domains in your namespace. Division into domains makes administration easier to manage. Individual domains can be administered completely independently, thereby relieving the burden on system administrators who would otherwise each be responsible for very large namespaces. As mentioned above, the security system in combination with decentralized network administration allows for a sharing of administrative work load.

Even though domains may be administered independently, all clients can be granted permission to access information across all domains in a namespace. Since a client can only see the tables in its own domain, the client can only have access to tables in other domains by explicitly addressing them.

Incremental updates mean faster updates of information in the namespace. Since domains are administered independently, changes to master server tables only have to be propagated to that master's replicas and not to the entire namespace. Once propagated, these updates are visible to the entire namespace immediately.