We've already mentioned that Autofs can be incorporated into a naming service. This allows a whole series of maps to be administered centrally. This can save system administrators a lot of time, since they will not have to have maps copied around the network to the correct machines. There are, however, a number of things we need to be aware of first.
We need to make the usual changes to /etc/nsswitch.conf. The following entry will tell automount to use NIS, followed by the local /etc files:
lithium# grep automount /etc/nsswitch.conf automount: nis files lithium#
NIS supports two existing maps: auto_master and auto_home. This means that we'll need to create entries in the NIS Makefile for any custom maps we have created ...