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Managing NFS And NIS (Nutshell Handbooks)

A modern computer system that is not part of a network is an anomaly. But managing a network and getting it to perform well can be a problem. This book describes 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 allows systems ranging from PCs running DOS to UNIX workstations to large mainframes to access each other's files transparently. It is the standard method for sharing files between different computer systems.As popular as NFS is, it is a "black box" for most users and administrators. This book provides a comprehensive discussion of how to plan, set up, and debug an NFS network. It is the only book we're aware of that discusses NFS and network performance tuning. This book also covers the NFS automounter, network security issues, diskless workstations, and PC/NFS.NFS isn't really complete without its companion, NIS. NIS provides 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, letting you make a single change to the database rather than making changes on every system on the network.This book tells you how to set up and use NIS to simplify network management. It also tells you how to use NIS to manage your own database applications, ranging from a simple telephone list to controlling access to network services.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.

Series: Nutshell Handbooks

Paperback: 433 pages

Publisher: O'Reilly & Associates; 1st edition (January 11, 2001)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0937175757

ISBN-13: 978-0937175750

Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Hello, My name is Mike Eisler, and I am one of theco-authors of Managing NFS and NIS, Second Edition.I'm writing this note to offer additional informationto potential readers.At the time I submitted this note, most of thecustomer reviews for this book referred to the first edition.One of the reviews states that the book is focused on NFSversion 2 over UDP and the old style automounter.Actually, you'll find the second edition of our bookis more modern. New topics in the second editioninclude NFS version 3, NFS over TCP, modern autofs-basedautomounters, Kerberos V5 authentication for NFS, NFS AccessControl Lists (ACLs), and client side fail over.Another difference is that first edition of this bookused SunOS 4.x as a reference for examples. The secondedition uses Solaris 8.The second edition provides information you won't findin NFS product documentation, such as using tools like etherealto debug NFS problems. This book will give you the benefit ofinsights from people who probably wrote some of the code foryour clients and servers. You may find (and I hope) thatit will save you the trouble reporting a problem toyour vendor's customer support line.Thank you for considering our book.

I was formerly the UNIX Systems Administrator oflarge company where we had several variants of the UNIX operating system employed. We had a very robust NIS and NFS environment with hundreds of NFS mount points and a dozen or more NIS maps. The text and examples of this book enabled me to better maintain and update our environment. The practical guidelines for NIS map and application building provided concise information that was easily implemented. In the area of NFS administration, the book provided valuable performance and tuning information, as well as diagnostic information to determine where problems could lie. Additionally, I enjoyed the sections on Networking Fundamentals and NFS Design and operation. These were a nice refresher for knowledge previously attained. While no one book can give all the answers to real world problems, this one at least shows practical application whereby a professional can apply the fundamentals to solve their own problems. Overall, as a UNIX systems administrator, I found this book to be a "MUST HAVE" item for the professionals' bookshelf.

Does not leave out essential information. Gives useful examples where needed. Though not a beginner to Unix, I was not very familiar with NIS and NFS. I was very pleased to find a Unix book that gave me all I wanted to know in an understandable format. This is not always the case with the O'reilly books.

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 the network (instead of the network controlling him :). Definintely give this book a try. Enjoy!

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