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Technical Note: Using the Centrify Server Suite NIS Service

11 April,19 at 11:49 AM

Using the Centrify Server Suite NIS Service


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An Active Directory-Based NIS Service that Enables Secure Distribution of NIS Maps


The Centrify Server Suite NIS Service enables UNIX admins to securely store, distribute, and deploy NIS maps through Active Directory, ensuring that all systems within a Zone share a common set of maps. The Server Suite NIS Service is fully integrated with the adclient daemon and vectors all NIS-related requests to Active Directory via Server Suite. The NIS service can fulfill requests both locally and from other machines on the network. For example, a network attached storage (NAS) device may be "hardwired" to only work with NIS. By configuring the NAS device to use the Server Suite NIS Service, this device can now use Active Directory as its central server for validating users. In this way, systems that need specific NIS functionality, such as automount map information, can continue to function but now are serviced through the centralized Active Directory system rather than a separate NIS service infrastructure