2.7. Administering NIS
NIS is enabled by setting up NIS servers and NIS clients. The descriptions given here describe NIS setup using ypserv, which does not support a master/slave server configuration. All NIS commands depend on the RPC portmap program, so make sure it is installed and running before setting up NIS.
2.7.1. Setting up an NIS server
Setting up an NIS server involves:
2.7.2. Setting up an NIS client
Setting up an NIS client involves setting the domain name for NIS using domainname, which should be the same name used by the NIS server, and running ypbind.
2.7.3. NIS User Accounts
NIS networks have two kinds of user accounts: distributed and local. Distributed accounts must be administered from the master machine; they provide information that is uniform on each machine in an NIS domain. Changes made to distributed accounts are distributed via NIS maps. Local accounts are administered from the local computer; they provide account information unique to a specific machine. They are not affected by NIS maps, and changes made to local accounts do not affect NIS. When NIS is installed, preexisting accounts default to local accounts.
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