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Solaris™ 8 Advanced System Administrator's Guide, Third Edition by Janice Winsor

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NIS and NIS+ Compatibility

NIS+ provides an NIS compatibility mode. This mode lets an NIS+ server running the Solaris Operating Environment answer requests from NIS as well as NIS+ clients. After the NIS+ server is set up, you can select NIS compatibility mode. You do not need to do any additional setup or changes for the NIS client. The NIS+ compatibility mode is one way that you can gradually make the transition from NIS to NIS+.

The comparison between master servers and slave servers is as follows. NIS master servers know about NIS slave servers only; NIS does not know about NIS+. NIS+ master servers interact with NIS+ replica servers only. NIS+ does not convert NIS+ tables into maps and push them to NIS slave servers.

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