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Server for NIS

Updated: December 16, 2008

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

Server for NIS integrates Windows and Network Information Service (NIS) networks by giving a Windows–based Active Directory® Domain Services domain controller the ability to act as a master NIS server for one or more NIS domains.

Aspects

The following is a list of all aspects that are part of this managed entity:

Name Description

Server for NIS Functionality -- Push Service

Server for NIS synchronizes and propagates NIS map changes to UNIX-based NIS subordinate (also known as slave) servers. The NIS master server supports the following transfer modes:

  • Periodic transfer of NIS maps
  • On-demand transfer of NIS maps to subordinate servers

Typically, NIS maps are transferred to subordinate servers upon change by using the make utility. The Windows-based NIS server does not use make; instead, the server pushes immediately.

Subordinate NIS servers can request transfer of maps at any time. Server for NIS Server Functionality -- Push Service provides information to help you interpret system messages indicating the functional state of the NIS map push service.

Server for NIS Functionality -- YP Response Service

Server for NIS is responsible for servicing YP-based Network Information Service (NIS) calls from UNIX-based NIS clients. Server for NIS Functionality -- YP Response Service provides information to help you interpret system messages indicating the operability of the YP response service.

Server for NIS Service Availability

Server for NIS service availability indicates the functional state of the Server for NIS service. When Server for NIS is available, it updates NIS maps on all subordinate servers in the domain if it is running as an NIS master server, and accepts NIS replication data from Active Directory if it is running as a subordinate server.

Related Management Information

Identity Management for UNIX

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