The Solaris release contains a new feature – server-use customization – that allows you to control the order in which clients search for NIS+ servers.
With this new feature you can balance and customize server usage by:
Specifying that clients prefer (search for) certain servers over others.
Specify whether or not clients are permitted to use remote servers if no local servers are available.
The search criteria that you specify can be applied to all clients within a domain, all clients on a subnet, or to individual clients on a machine-by-machine basis.
When server-use preferences are set for a particular machine, those preferences apply to all users, applications, processes, or other clients running on that machine. You cannot set different server-use patterns for different clients on the same machine.