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

Using nisping to Load Data Onto an NIS+ Replica Server

This section describes how to use the nisping command to load namespace data onto a newly configured replica. In most cases, it is not necessary to actually run the nisping command because the process should begin automatically.

The problem with the nisping method is that it requires a full resync of data from the master to the replica over the network using NIS+ protocols. If your namespace is large, this process can take hours, during which requests for naming information can be delayed.