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

NIS+ Principal Names

NIS+ principal names are sometimes confused with Secure RPC netnames. However, one difference is worth pointing out now because it can cause confusion: NIS+ principal names always end in a dot and Secure RPC netnames never do. The following list provides examples.

NIS+ principal name

Secure RPC netname

Also, even though credentials for principals are stored in a cred table, neither the name of the cred table nor the name of the org_dir directory is included in the principal name.