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Working With Oracle® Solaris 11.3 Directory and Naming Services: DNS and NIS

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Updated: October 2017
Chapter 5

About the Network Information Service

This chapter provides an overview of the Network Information Service (NIS), which is a distributed naming service. NIS is a mechanism for identifying and locating network objects and resources. It provides a uniform storage and retrieval method for network-wide information in a transport-protocol and media-independent fashion.

This chapter covers the following topics: