Understanding Solaris 9 directory services

Monday, 21 April 2003, 9:52 AM EST

This article examines the differences between the Solaris 8 Operating Environment (Solaris OE) Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) Client and the Solaris 9 OE Secured LDAP Client, and explains how to support them on the same directory server. In addition, this article details troubleshooting tips for common implementation problems.

The Network Information System (NIS) and its enhanced version, NIS+, have been around for over ten years. NIS is in wide use today and has served its purpose well. Due to the many advances that have taken place in standards-based directory technology in recent years, Sun Microsystems, Inc. has tried to leverage these advances with the introduction of the next generation of Solaris_ Operating Environment (Solaris OE) naming services.

The Solaris 8 OE provided a back-end to the Name Service Switch (NSS) that allowed Solaris OE clients to obtain naming information from a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) enabled directory service. This implementation is commonly referred to as the Solaris OE LDAP Client.

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