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NIS - Network Information Service, allow distribution of administrative databases (maps) among other servers (master, slaves and clients)

See table for better understanding:
Namespace Flat
Data 2 column maps
Servers Master and slave
Security None
Communication RPC
Scale LAN

In more details

NIS Elements

Check on this also:

Need some planning first

Planning NIS domain

... and preparation/installation

Preparing Master Server

Preparing Slave Server

Preparing NIS client

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