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

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Machine Types and Daemons

Earlier in the chapter we mentioned the different NIS machine configurations that are available. Let's look at them in more detail now and also see the processes that run on each type.

Master Server

There is one master server per NIS domain, and it's always the first machine to be configured whenever the domain is created. The master's local /etc files are the ones used to generate the NIS maps, which are all built and stored on the master. (The NIS master doesn't have to use the /etc directory on the master, but suffice it to say the master houses the text files which are used to generate the NIS maps.)

Slave Server

Slave servers are used to provide redundancy should the main server fail. They will also add a degree ...

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