NIS, the Network Information Service, and NIS+, Sun's enhanced version of NIS, are system utilities that let the System Administrator store network management information in a central administrative database for use by all clients across the network. This information consists typically of user passwords, user home directories, network drive names, mail addresses, Ethernet numbers, host names, and netmasks - information which otherwise would need to be maintained locally at each user site. NIS has become a key utility for UNIX networks.
Our speaker, Hal Stern, is a well-known authority on NIS in the UNIX community. He will be discussing NIS, NIS+ and NFS protocols, including their components, internals, how they fit together and where they are going. He'll cover transition strategies, implementation pitfalls, and practical choices.
Hal "wrote the book" on NIS -- one of them, at least -- he is the author of Managing NFS and NIS published by O'Reilly & Associates. He is a Distinguished Systems Engineer at Sun Microsystems, where he focuses on high-end server technology, system and network management, and related issues. He also writes the System Administration column and is a contributing editor for SunWorld Online magazine.
Information on Mr. Stern's book:
Click Here for Hal Stern's Unigroup Presentation in PostScript.
Please join us for this meeting, you won't want to miss it!