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A Practical Guide to Red Hat Linux: Fedora Core and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Second Edition by Mark G. Sobell

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Chapter 21. NIS: Network Information Service

NIS (Network Information Service) simplifies the administration of common administrative files by maintaining them in a central database and having clients contact the database server to retrieve information from the database. Developed by Sun Microsystems, NIS is an example of the client/server paradigm.

Just as DNS addresses the problem of keeping multiple copies of /etc/hosts files up-to-date, NIS deals with the issue of keeping system-independent configuration files (such as /etc/passwd) current. Most networks today are heterogeneous (page 974), and even though they ...

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