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Part I About Naming and Directory Services

1.  Naming and Directory Services (Overview)

2.  Name Service Switch (Overview)

3.  Managing DNS (Tasks)

DNS Overview

Multicast DNS

Multicast DNS Service Discovery

Related Materials About DNS

DNS and the Service Management Facility

Administering DNS (Tasks)

How to Install the DNS Package

How to Configure a DNS Server

How to Create an rndc.conf File

How to Configure DNS Server Options

How to Run the DNS Service as an Alternative User

How to Enable a DNS Client

How to Troubleshoot DNS Server Startup Issues

How to Verify the DNS Configuration

Administering Multicast DNS

How to Enable mDNS and DNS Service Discovery

Advertising Resources for DNS

DNS Reference

DNS Files

DNS Commands and Daemons

Compilation Flags Used When BIND Was Built

4.  Setting Up Oracle Solaris Active Directory Clients (Tasks)

Part II NIS Setup and Administration

5.  Network Information Service (Overview)

6.  Setting Up and Configuring NIS (Tasks)

7.  Administering NIS (Tasks)

8.  NIS Troubleshooting

Part III LDAP Naming Services

9.  Introduction to LDAP Naming Services (Overview)

10.  Planning Requirements for LDAP Naming Services (Tasks)

11.  Setting Up Oracle Directory Server Enterprise Edition With LDAP Clients (Tasks)

12.  Setting Up LDAP Clients (Tasks)

13.  LDAP Troubleshooting (Reference)

14.  LDAP Naming Service (Reference)

15.  Transitioning From NIS to LDAP (Tasks)



DNS Overview

DNS, as with most networking protocols, has two parts: a service providing answers and a client that queries the service. In the Oracle Solaris operating system, the default DNS service is provided by BIND, from the Internet Systems Consortium (ISC), and its associated daemon named. The DNS client consists of a collection of utilities and libraries.

Multicast DNS

Multicast DNS (mDNS) provides a naming service system that is easy to set up and maintain for systems on a local link. All participating network devices on the same local link perform standard DNS functions, using mDNS rather than unicast, and do not need a unicast DNS server. For administrators, the primary advantage of mDNS is that no unicast DNS server needs to be maintained on the local network. There is no need, for example, to update and maintain host names in files to resolve hostname to IP address requests for systems on the local link that are using mDNS.

Multicast DNS Service Discovery

Network services include printing, file transfer, music sharing, servers for photo, document, and other file sharing, and services provided by other local devices. DNS service discovery support in Oracle Solaris includes an open source framework and tools from Apple Inc. to enable applications to advertise and discover network services using DNS in this Oracle Solaris release.

For users, network service discovery makes computing easier by enabling them to browse for services on the network, rather than needing to find the service manually. Existing standards and work preformed by other companies and groups ensure that cross-platform support is available.

Related Materials About DNS

For information about DNS and BIND administration, see the following documentation: