Managing file providers

You can configure one or more file providers, each with its own combination of replacement files, for each access zone. Password database files, which are also called user database files, must be in binary format.

Each file provider pulls directly from up to three replacement database files: a group file that has the same format as /etc/group; a netgroups file; and a binary password file, spwd.db, which provides fast access to the data in a file that has the /etc/master.passwd format. You must copy the replacement files to the cluster and reference them by their directory path.

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If the replacement files are located outside the /ifs directory tree, you must distribute them manually to every node in the cluster. Changes that are made to the system provider's files are automatically distributed across the cluster.