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Solaris Administration Guide: Naming and Directory Services (DNS, NIS and LDAP) describes the set up, configuration, and administration of the Solaris 9 operating environment naming and directory services: DNS, NIS, and LDAP. This manual is part of the Solaris 9™ Release System and Network Administration manual set.

Who Should Use This Book

This manual is written for experienced system and network administrators.

Although this book introduces networking concepts relevant to Solaris™ naming and directory services, it explains neither the networking fundamentals nor the administration tools in the Solaris operating environment.

How This Book Is Organized

This manual is divided into parts according to the respective naming services.

Part I: About Naming and Directory Services

Part II: DNS Setup and Administration

Part III: NIS Setup Administration

Part IV: iPlanet Directory Server 5.1 Configuration

Part V: LDAP Setup and Administration

Related Books

  • DNS and Bind, by Cricket Liu and Paul Albitz, (O' Reilly, 1992)

  • Understanding and Deploying LDAP Directory Servicesby Timothy A. Howes, Ph.D and Mark C. Smith

    In addition to providing a thorough treatment of LDAP naming services, this book includes useful case studies on deploying LDAP at a large university, a large multinational enterprise, and an enterprise with an extranet.

  • iPlanet Directory Server 5.1 Deployment Guidewhich is included in the Documentation CD.

    This guide provides a foundation for planning your directory, including directory design, including schema design, the directory tree, topology, replication, and security. The last chapter provides sample deployment scenarios to help you plan simple deployments as well as complex deployments designed to support millions of users distributed worldwide.

  • iPlanet Directory Server 5.1 Administrator's Guide

Accessing Sun Documentation Online

The docs.sun.comSM Web site enables you to access Sun technical documentation online. You can browse the archive or search for a specific book title or subject. The URL is

Typographic Conventions

The following table describes the typographic changes used in this book.

Table P-1 Typographic Conventions

Typeface or Symbol




The names of commands, files, and directories; on-screen computer output 

Edit your .login file.

Use ls -a to list all files.

machine_name% you have mail.


What you type, contrasted with on-screen computer output 

machine_name% su



Command-line placeholder: replace with a real name or value 

To delete a file, type rm filename.


Book titles, new words, or terms, or words to be emphasized.

Read Chapter 6 in User's Guide.

These are called class options.

You must be root to do this.

Shell Prompts in Command Examples

The following table shows the default system prompt and superuser prompt for the C shell, Bourne shell, and Korn shell.

Table P-2 Shell Prompts



C shell prompt machine_name%
C shell superuser prompt machine_name#
Bourne shell and Korn shell prompt $
Bourne shell and Korn shell superuser prompt #
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