Solaris Naming Administration Guide

Federated Naming Service (FNS)

Federated Naming Service (FNS) provides a method for federating multiple naming services under a single, simple interface for naming and directory operations. Naming services that can be linked with FNS include: NIS+, NIS, files, DNS, and X.500/LDAP.

X/Open Federated Naming (XFN)

The programming interface and policies that FNS supports are specified by XFN (X/Open Federated Naming).

Why FNS?

FNS is useful for the following reasons: