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

About the NIS+ Scripts

Caution – Caution –

Before running the NIS+ setup scripts, make sure you have performed the steps described in NIS+ Configuration Overview.

The three NIS+ scripts – nisserver, nispopulate, and nisclient – enable you to set up an NIS+ namespace. The NIS+ scripts are Bourne shell scripts that execute groups of NIS+ commands so you do not have to type the NIS+ commands individually. The following table describes what each script does.

Table 3–1 List of NIS+ Scripts

NIS+ Script 

What It Does 


Sets up the root master, non-root master and replica servers with level 2 security (DES) 


Populates NIS+ tables in a specified domain from their corresponding system files or NIS maps 


Creates NIS+ credentials for hosts and users; initializes NIS+ hosts and users