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NIS+ Authentication

Aug 7th 2008
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NIS+ is Sun Microsystems secure implementation of NIS. NIS+, through its confusing hierarchies and less than clear implementation guides, never really won the hearts of UNIX systems administrators and architects resulting in a poor uptake. As a result, Sun have recently end of lifed (EOLd) NIS+.

There are a number of commands used to get information from NIS+, as will be described here.

Test communications with NIS+ server
# nisping

List NIS+ tables
# nisls

List a specific table
# niscat passwd.org_dir
# niscat group.org_dir

Initialise a NIS+ client
# nisinit -c
# nisclient

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