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

Changed NIS+ Domain Name

Do not change a domain name.

If you change the name of an existing domain you will create authentication problems because the fully qualified original domain name is embedded in objects throughout your network.

If you have already changed a domain name and are experiencing authentication problems, or error messages containing terms like “malformed” or “illegal” in relation to a domain name, change the domain name back to its original name. The recommended procedure for renaming your domains is to create a new domain with the new name, set up your machines as servers and clients of the new domain, make sure they are performing correctly, and then remove the old domain.