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

ProcedureHow to Set Up a Multihomed NIS+ Root Master Server

The procedure for setting up a multihomed NIS+ server is the same as setting up a single interface server. The only difference is that there are more interfaces that need to be defined in the hosts database, the /etc/hosts file and NIS+ hosts table.

Note –

Prior to the Solaris 10 7/07 release, you also need to define interfaces in the /etc/inet/ipnodes file and ipnodes table.

Once the host information is defined, use the nisclient and nisserver scripts to set up the multihomed NIS+ server. For information about setting up a multihomed replica server, see How to Set Up Multihomed NIS+ Replica Servers.

Caution – Caution –

When setting up a multihomed NIS+ server, the server's primary name must be the same as the nodename for the system. This is a requirement of both Secured RPC and nisclient.

If these names are different, Secure RPC authentication will fail to work properly causing NIS+ problems.

The following procedure shows how to set up an NIS+ root master server:

  1. On the root master, add the server host information into the /etc/hosts file.

    Note –

    Prior to the Solaris 10 7/07 release, you must also add IPv6 host information to the /etc/inet/ipnodes file.

    For example, the /etc/hosts file for the hostA system with three Ethernet interfaces looks like: localhost loghost
    192.168.10.x hostA hostA-10 hostA-eri0
    192.168.11.y hostA hostA-11 hostA-eri1
    192.168.12.z hostA hostA-12
  2. Set up the server as a multihome NIS+ root server with nisserver.

    hostA# nisserver -r -d

    where our example shows as the root domain name. Issue the nisserver command using the name of your root domain name.

    After completing the steps for setting up a multihome NIS+ root server, the remainder of the setup is exactly the same as for a single interface server.