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Linux Administration: A Beginner’s Guide (Sixth Edition) by Wale Soyinka

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CHAPTER 25
Network Information Service
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The Network Information Service (NIS) facilitates the sharing of critical data stored in flat files among systems on a network. Typically, files such as /etc/passwd and /etc/group, which ideally would remain uniform across all hosts, are shared via NIS. Making such files available via NIS would allow any remote and properly configured NIS client machine to access the data contained in these shared files ...

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