A modern computer system that's not part of a network is even more of an anomaly today than it was when we published the first edition of this book in 1991. But however widespread networks have become, managing a network and getting it to perform well can still be a problem.Managing NFS and NIS, in a new edition based on Solaris 8, is a guide to two tools that are absolutely essential to distributed computing environments: the Network Filesystem (NFS) and the Network Information System (formerly called the "yellow pages" or YP).The Network Filesystem, developed by Sun Microsystems, is fundamental to most Unix networks. It lets systems ranging from PCs and Unix workstations to large mainframes access each other's files transparently, and is the standard method for sharing files between different computer systems.As popular as NFS is, it's a "black box" for most users and administrators. Updated for NFS Version 3, Managing NFS and NIS offers detailed access to what's inside, including:
How to plan, set up, and debug an NFS network
Using the NFS automounter
A new transport protocol for NFS (TCP/IP)
New security options (IPSec and Kerberos V5)
Diagnostic tools and utilities
NFS client and server tuning
NFS isn't really complete without its companion, NIS, a distributed database service for managing the most important administrative files, such as the passwd file and the hosts file. NIS centralizes administration of commonly replicated files, allowing a single change to the database rather than requiring changes on every system on the network.If you are managing a network of Unix systems, or are thinking of setting up a Unix network, you can't afford to overlook this book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
General Information is OK for beginners like me. But, beyond the authors effort to comment some differences from Solaris to Linux, this book was written for Solaris SO users. I would recommend this book for who wants to know about NIS and NFS general concepts.
Hello, My name is Mike Eisler, and I am one of the co-authors of Managing NFS and NIS, Second Edition. I'm writing this note to offer additional information to potential readers. At the time I submitted this note, most of the customer reviews for this book referred to the first edition. One of the reviews states that the book is focused on NFS version 2 over UDP and the old style automounter. Actually, you'll find the second edition of our book is more modern. New topics in the second edition include NFS version 3, NFS over TCP, modern autofs-based automounters, Kerberos V5 authentication for NFS, NFS Access Control Lists (ACLs), and client side fail over. Another difference is that first edition of this book used SunOS 4.x as a reference for examples. The second edition uses Solaris 8. The second edition provides information you won't find in NFS product documentation, such as using tools like...
Anyone who has ever administered a network of at least 3-4 servers (if not more) will find individually updating accounts, software and such to be a burden. I found myself in this situation not too long ago, and then I picked up this book, and found the answers I was looking for. Most Unix admins have heard of NFS and NIS but might not have considered using them together. This book gives a very thorough discussion each topic, how to set it up, how to deal with advanced issues, and how to troubleshoot. Admins will really develop an appreciation for how useful these tools can be, especially when used together. Though LDAP is gaining prominence, a network utilizing NIS, NFS, and automounter is still a very nice network to administer. Even just learning NFS/automounter is time well spent because it is a service not likely to go away. I really felt this this book was worth the time and money because it really helps the intermediate to advanced admin better gain control of...
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