System Administration Guide: Naming and Directory Services (DNS, NIS, and LDAP)

Binding to a Specific NIS Server

Use the following steps to bind to an NIS server that you specify. For more information, see the ypinit(1M), ypstart(1M), and svcadm(1M) man pages.

  1. Add the hostname of the NIS server and its IP address to the /etc/hosts file.

  2. Run the domainname command to populate the /etc/defaultdomain file.

    # /usr/bin/domainname name-of-NIS-domain
  3. Prompt for the NIS server host name.

    # /usr/sbin/ypinit -c
    Server name: Type the NIS server hostname
  4. Restart the NIS services by performing one of the following steps.

    • For the services to persist across reboots, run the svcadm command:

      # svcadm enable -r svc:/network/nis/client
    • For the services to persist until reboot only, run the ypstop and ypstart commands:

      # /usr/lib/netsvc/yp/ypstop
      # /usr/lib/netsvc/yp/ypstart