System Administration Guide: Naming and Directory Services (NIS+)

Changing rpc.nisd Syntax Options

By default, the NIS+ daemon starts with security level 2 and runs in normal mode. If you want to include specific options when you invoke the rpc.nisd daemon with the Service Management Facility, modify the /lib/svc/method/nisplus file to include the desired options. See NIS+ and the Service Management Facility for more information.

Descriptions of some common rpc.nisd syntax options are included in Table 18–3.

Table 18–3 Common rpc.nisd Syntax Options




Specifies that the daemon run in NIS-compatibility mode, which enables it to answer requests from NIS clients. You can start the NIS+ daemon in NIS-compatibility mode in any server, including the root master. 


Adds DNS forwarding capabilities to an NIS+ daemon running in NIS-compatibility mode. This option requires that the /etc/resolv.conf file be set up for communication with a DNS nameserver. 

-S security-level

Specifies a security level, where 0 means no NIS+ security and 2 provides full NIS+ security. (Level 1 is not supported.)


Forces a checkpoint of the directory served by the daemon. This has the side effect of emptying the directory's transaction log and freeing disk space.