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Solaris™ Operating Environment Boot Camp by Dominic Butler, David Rhodes

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Naming Services

Before we start to look at what NIS is and how to configure it, we need to take a minute to explain what naming services are and how the two are related.

Certain administrative information is frequently used by Solaris machines, such as user names and passwords, hostnames and IP addresses, printer names, and so forth. This information can be held locally by each node in its own local files. It may ease adminstration, and save disk space, if all this commonly used information could be held centrally, on one machine, rather than duplicating it on many. A naming service gives us the ability to do precisely this.

There are a number of different naming services available on Solaris, with each having their own advantages and disadvantages. ...

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