Network Information Service (NIS)

NIS, like other network applications, follows the client/server architecture model. This section describes the components of NIS, how to configure these components, and how to add and update NIS maps.

NIS Components

NIS consists of a master server, optional slave servers, and one or more clients. The servers store NIS maps and make the information contained in the maps available to clients on request.

If NIS clients are on a separate subnet from the master server, a slave server must also exist on that subnet because requests from NIS clients cannot be routed between subnets. However, the master server and slave ...

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