Cork.Linux.ie: NIS & NFS tutorial. Unix login and home directory distribution.Feb 27, 2000, 15:11 (0 Talkback[s])
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"This document describes how to configure your Unix boxes to authenticate off one server on your network and get the home directories for users from a central location...."
"In any network people have to login with a username and password to gain access to any resources. In a network of more than 2 machines it becomes more and more difficult to keep track of usernames, passwords and home directories as more people join the network. Wouldn't it be handy to have one central location where all the machines can find this information and ease the administrators job?"
"This is where NIS comes into play. NIS stands for Network Information Services and is a protocol defined by Sun a long time ago and developed over the years."