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

What nisbackup Backs Up

When using nisbackup, keep in mind that nisbackup is server specific. Regardless of whether or not you use the -a option, nisbackup only backs up those directories that the server you are running it on is master of. NIS+ directory objects that have some other master server will not be backed up.

For example, suppose the submaster1 server is master server for the directory objects and also a replica for the directory objects. When you run nisbackup on submaster1, only the directory objects will be backed up.

Some of the implications of this server-specific principle are: