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2.3. NIS

Network Information Service (NIS) was one of Sun's earlier attempts at providing directory services to clients. This isn't to say that all features of NIS are still supported, but basic support is there. Because Mac OS X maintains support for NIS and has a directory services plug-in dedicated to it, you can use Directory Utility to configure Mac OS X as a NIS client. If you need NIS, you know what it is. If you don't, then you will likely want to forget you mentioned it. If you need to set it up though, let's take a look at how to do it.

To set up your NIS client, open Directory Utility and click on the lock to authenticate (so you can make changes). Then click on the Services icon in the Directory Utility toolbar and check the box for BSD Flat File and NIS (checked by default in 10.6), as shown in Figure 2-23.


  

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