Solaris NIS client...

G.Saravana Muthu gsmuthu at
Thu Aug 25 19:12:46 GMT 2005


I have NIS server running in Redhat (RHEL release 3) and configured
Solaris 7 as NIS client. From Solaris NIS client, some of the users
could login to the NIS server but others are not able to login. 

As a root user from Solaris I could do su - to any user and it mounts
the home directory too. Any idea why some users are not able to login,
even though everyone has same permissions.

GS Muthu. 

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Behalf Of Darrel Hankerson
Sent: Thursday, August 25, 2005 3:12 AM
To: dave t
Cc: linux-nisplus at
Subject: Re: Solaris NIS client...

"dave t" <d_dave at> writes:

   Bascially whats happening is that my linux nis+ client is
   failing to authenticate w/ the nis+ server. The request is never
   answered on the nis+ server port. You can determine if you linux
   authenticates if after you perform a  keylogin -r as root, you should
   be able to see the encrypted passwords when you do a 'niscat
There should be compelling reasons to grant root access to the NIS+

   I've rebuilt a test nis+ server using the tables (groups, passwd,
   shadow) from the original nis+ server; ran the nisserver command,
   nispopluate using tables from the original server; then nisaddcred
   the linux client. I pointed the linux nis+ client to the new server
   and it worked just fine. So I've narrowed it down to a server
   configuration error, but I'm not sure how to fix it.

Have you granted root access to the encoded passwords to the client?
The recommendation is to avoid granting such access, but if you
insist, then the place to start is "niscat -o" and also list the
contents of the admin group.

--Darrel Hankerson hankedr at

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