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

Master Supporting Multiple NIS Domains

Normally, an NIS master server supports only one NIS domain. However, if you are using a master server to support multiple domains, you must slightly modify the steps, as described in Setting Up the Master Server With ypinit, when setting up the server to serve the additional domains.

Run the domainname command on the server. The domain name returned by the command is the server's default domain. The steps described in Setting Up the Master Server With ypinit will work properly for setting up service for that domain. To configure service for any other domain, you must modify the ypinit shell script as follows.

# make DOM=correct-domain passwd

correct-domain is the name of the other domain that you are setting up service for, and passwd is the make target. This command pushes the passwd map to the intended domain, instead of the domain to which the master belongs.