Solaris Naming Administration Guide

NIS and NIS+

Both NIS and NIS+ perform some of the same tasks. NIS+, however, allows for hierarchical domains, namespace security, and other features that NIS does not provide. For a more detailed comparison between NIS and NIS+, see "How NIS+ Differs From NIS".

You can use NIS in conjunction with NIS+ under the following principles and conditions:

Which service a machine uses for various name services is controlled by the machine's nsswitch.conf file. This file is called the switch file. See Chapter 2, The Name Service Switch for further information.