NIS+ Transition Guide

How NIS+ Security Affects Transition Planning

After you become familiar with the benefits and the administrative requirements of NIS+ security, you must decide whether to implement NIS+ security during or after the transition. It is recommended that you use full NIS+ security even if you operate some or all servers in a domain in NIS-compatibility mode. (All servers in a domain should have the same NIS-compatibility status.) However, this entails a heavy administrative burden. If you prefer a simpler approach, you could set up the NIS+ servers and namespace with NIS-compatible security, but decline to create credentials for NIS+ clients. Administrators and servers would still require credentials. The NIS+ clients would be relegated to the nobody class, along with the NIS clients. This reduces training and setup requirements, but it has the following drawbacks: