[SunHELP] NIS query

Brigance, Leslie V, WWCS lbrigance at att.com
Tue Apr 25 06:54:38 CDT 2006

I would agree with Yazid. On 2 counts - I also know a Little about NIS.
Used it a lot in past
years but have not implemented it in at least 5 years.
However, UNLESS you have set the root password on ALL the machines to be
the same (big no-no), but in that case you need to change the root
password of JUST the
machine on which this user needs root.
Above all don't pass out the NIS root password.
Alternatively install sudo - that user can blow up his/her own machine
but cannot do anything
to any other box on which they do not have sudo privileges.
I'd need more info before I could really help you much. I am sure that
you know NIS enough to
know that when you look at the password file on the client machine the
user probably has no
account there. No account - no password unless you are using a
combination of
local accounts & passwords AND nis accounts and passwords (shudder).
but that each client box does have a root, sys, and so forth that are
local only to that box.
Are you using NIS or NIS+. (NIS being kind of a security no-no)

-----Original Message-----
From: sunhelp-bounces at sunhelp.org [mailto:sunhelp-bounces at sunhelp.org]
On Behalf Of Yazid
Sent: Tuesday, April 25, 2006 12:16 AM
To: The SunHELP List
Subject: Re: [SunHELP] NIS query

I know a bit about NIS, but I don't really understand your question,
maybe you can rephrase in simpler sentence.
What's a securenets?
Do you want to remove one of the machine from NIS?
If you want to give a user root access, what's the problem of just
giving the root passwd of that particular machine to him?
How's the machine being in the network relates to the NIS? I think you
can just remove the machine from NIS, and configure everything using
local files and still able to access the network, or you can also
combine the  use of of local files and NIS.


On 4/25/06, Amit GUPTA <amit-cmg.gupta at st.com> wrote:
> Hello Gurus,
> Greetings !!
> My question is :
>  In my environment, i have 700 sun blade 150/100, all are binded to
> One of my user wants to have the root access of the machine but also
> want the machine to be on the network. My all the clients machines are
> binded to the NIS slave servers and in my NIS master server i have
> configure the securenets which has the entry of only NIS slave
> Is there any way out, if i can make sure that client machine will be
> the n/w but not binded to any of the NIS servers.
> thanks in advance for your response.
> regards
> amit
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