The nismkdir command creates new NIS+ subdirectories within an existing domain. It can also be used to create replicated directories. Without options, this command will create a subdirectory with the same master and the replicas as its parent directory.
It is advisable to use nisserver(1M) to create an NIS+ domain which consists of the specified directory along with the org_dir and groups_dir subdirectories.
The two primary aspects that are controlled when making a directory are its access rights, and its degree of replication.
A host that serves a NIS+ directory must be a NIS+ client in a directory above the one it is serving. The exceptions to this rule are the root NIS+ servers, which are both clients and servers of the same NIS+ directory.
When the host's default domain is different from the default domain on the client where the command is executed, the hostname supplied as an argument to the -s or -m options must be fully qualified.
Special per-server and per-directory access restrictions may apply when this command updates the serving lists of the affected NIS+ servers. See nisopaccess(1).