13.3. Account Administration

Unix systems can be self-sufficient when it comes to administering users and groups. If you have multiple Unix systems, you can administer account information administered separately on each. You can also centrally manage many Unix flavors through Network Information Services Plus (NIS+), an updated version of NIS (formerly known as Yellow Pages).

NIS+ is a hierarchical database system designed to share user and group information across multiple systems. A collection of systems sharing NIS information is called a domain. To give a user access to the domain, an administrator simply needs to add that user's account to the master NIS server. If the user attempts to access a system within the domain, that system contacts ...

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