Managing NFS and NIS, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: July 2001
Pages: 512

A modern computer system that's not part of a network is even more of an anomaly today than it was when we published the first edition of this book in 1991. But however widespread networks have become, managing a network and getting it to perform well can still be a problem. Managing NFS and NIS, in a new edition based on Solaris 8, is a guide to two tools that are absolutely essential to distributed computing environments: the Network Filesystem (NFS) and the Network Information System (formerly called the "yellow pages" or YP).

The Network Filesystem, developed by Sun Microsystems, is fundamental to most Unix networks. It lets systems ranging from PCs and Unix workstations to large mainframes access each other's files transparently, and is the standard method for sharing files between different computer systems.

As popular as NFS is, it's a "black box" for most users and administrators. Updated for NFS Version 3, Managing NFS and NIS offers detailed access to what's inside, including:

  • How to plan, set up, and debug an NFS network
  • Using the NFS automounter
  • Diskless workstations
  • PC/NFS
  • A new transport protocol for NFS (TCP/IP)
  • New security options (IPSec and Kerberos V5)
  • Diagnostic tools and utilities
  • NFS client and server tuning

NFS isn't really complete without its companion, NIS, a distributed database service for managing the most important administrative files, such as the passwd file and the hosts file. NIS centralizes administration of commonly replicated files, allowing a single change to the database rather than requiring changes on every system on the network.

If you are managing a network of Unix systems, or are thinking of setting up a Unix network, you can't afford to overlook this book.

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I find the material on NIS absolutely key and very nicely presented. It really is the NIS reference manual. It was a very helpful read when designing an large NIS environment with shared maps between several NIS domains.

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This book is an incredibly tedious read. The author mentions an issue in very superficial detail in passing (but that would be a page worth) about 5 times. Each time, giving a little more info, and revealing that some things in the previous mention were actually wrong.

What makes this book so hard to read is the writing style. It's like being bombarded by trivialites of the subject. Maybe the author could have make this book 1/3rd as long, and cover the same material.

One thing I'd like to mention, is that this book, although published in 2001, does NOT cover NIS+ for some mysterous and unexplained reason. That means this book will not tell you anything about NIS encryption, hierarchies, or any of the other advanced features NIS doesn't have.

As another indication of the verbosity of the book, the first 50+ pages are dedicated to NIS, which is perhaps the most simple network protocol in use. Learing VI takes longer.

What bothers me the most, is that this is a subject I am seriously interested in. I really want to learn more about NFS, but no ammount of interest would keep your mind from wondering while trying to read this book. This review may seem harsh, but I can assure you, it is completely deserved. I've read numerous technical books before, but this is the first that I really cannot convince myself to continue reading, despite my interest.

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