System Administration Guide: IP Services

Machines That Are Network Clients

Any host that obtains its configuration information from a network configuration server operates in network client mode. Machines that are configured as network clients do not require local copies of the TCP/IP configuration files.

Network client mode simplifies administration of large networks. Network client mode minimizes the number of configuration tasks that you perform on individual hosts. Network client mode assures that all machines on the network adhere to the same configuration standards.

You can configure network client mode on all types of computers. For example, you can configure network client mode on fully standalone systems or dataless machines.