NIS+ Transition Guide


NIS+ Transition Guide describes how to convert a site running the NIS name service to one running the NIS+ name service. This manual is part of the SolarisTM7 System and Network Administration set.

Who Should Use This Book

NIS+ Transition Guide is for experienced system and network administrators who want to convert their sites from NIS to NIS+. For information on initially setting up and configuring NIS+, see Solaris Naming Setup and Configuration Guide. For NIS+ customizing information and detailed administration instructions, see Solaris Naming Administration Guide.

Although this manual introduces some networking concepts relevant to NIS+, it makes no attempt to explain networking fundamentals or describe the administration tools offered by the Solaris environment. If you administer networks, you should already know how the administration tools work and have already chosen your favorite tools.

How This Book Is Organized

This book contains six chapters.

Chapter 1, Introduction describes the differences between NIS and NIS+ features and an overview of the suggested transition process.

Chapter 2, Planning the NIS+ Namespace discusses how to design your NIS+ namespace.

Chapter 3, Planning NIS+ Security Measures describes the NIS+ security features and the effects they have on administration and transition planning.

Chapter 4, Using NIS-Compatibility Mode describes how to run NIS and NIS+ clients concurrently and NIS+ servers in NIS-compatibility mode.

Chapter 5, Prerequisites to Transition presents the steps that you need to take before beginning the actual transition.

Chapter 6, Implementing the Transition lists the steps required to implement an NIS-to-NIS+ transition.

Related Books

Consult the following publications for more information on NIS+ and DNS:

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What Typographic Conventions Mean

The following table describes the typographic changes used in this book.

Table P-1 Typographic Conventions

Typeface or Symbol 




 The names of commands, files, and directories; on-screen computer output

Edit your .login file.

Use ls -a to list all files.

machine_name% you have mail.


 What you type, contrasted with on-screen computer outputmachine_name% su Password:


 Command-line placeholder: replace with a real name or value

To delete a file, type rm filename.


Book titles, new words, or terms, or words to be emphasized. 

Read Chapter 6 in User's Guide.

These are called class options.

You must be root to do this.

Shell Prompts in Command Examples

The following table shows the default system prompt and superuser prompt for the C shell, Bourne shell, and Korn shell.

Table P-2 Shell Prompts



 C shell promptmachine_name%
 C shell superuser promptmachine_name#
 Bourne shell and Korn shell prompt$
 Bourne shell and Korn shell superuser prompt#