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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+



Preparing the Existing Namespace for NIS+

If an NIS domain already exists at your site, you can use the same flat domain structure for your NIS+ namespace. (You can change it later to a hierarchical structure.) Read Chapter 4, Configuring NIS+ With Scripts before you start your transition from NIS to NIS+ for important planning and preparation information. The NIS+ scripts enable you to start NIS+ with data from NIS maps. Chapter 4, Configuring NIS+ With Scripts shows you how to use the NIS+ scripts to create an NIS+ namespace from either system files or NIS maps.

In order for the scripts to run smoothly, however, you must prepare your existing namespace (if you have one) for conversion to NIS+. These preparations are described fully in Chapter 4, Configuring NIS+ With Scripts.

For reference, key preparations are summarized below:


Caution - In the Solaris 2 release, the /var/nis directory contained two files named hostname.dict and hostname.log. It also contained a subdirectory named /var/nis/hostname.

When you install NIS+ for the Solaris 2.5 release, the two files are named trans.log and data.dict, and the subdirectory is named /var/nis/data. In the Solaris 2.5 release, the content of the files has also been changed, so these files are not backward compatible with the files in earlier releases. Thus, if you rename either the directories or the files to match the Solaris 2.4 patterns, the files will not work with either the Solaris 2.4 or the Solaris 2.5 version of the rpc.nisd daemon. Therefore, do not rename either the directories or the files.