Help on Access > Authentication Providers > NIS Provider

The following information and controls appear on Access > Authentication Providers > NIS Provider.

Add a NIS provider
Opens a dialog box that enables you to add an NIS authentication provider.
NIS Provider Name
Specifies the name of the NIS provider you want to add.
Servers
Specifies one or more valid NIS servers by IP address, host name, or a fully qualified domain name (FQDNs), separated by commas.
NIS Domain
Specifies the NIS domain name.
Groupnet
Specifies which groupnet you want to associate with the NIS provider. The groupnet speicifies which networking properties the NIS provider will use when communicating with external servers. The groupnet associated with the NIS provider cannot be changed. Instead you must delete the NIS provider and create it again with the new groupnet association. You can add the NIS provider only to an access zone that references the same groupnet.
Load balance servers
Select to enable the NIS provider to make random connections to the NIS servers. Otherwise, the NIS provider will connect to NIS servers in the order in which they are listed.
Default Query Settings
Expanded list that enables you to set options pertaining to general queries to the NIS provider.
Search Timeout
Specifies the number of seconds after which to stop retrying and fail a search. The default value is 20.
Retry Frequency
Specifies the timeout period, in seconds, after which a request will be retried. The default value is 5.
User Query Settings
Expanded list that enables you to set options pertaining to user queries to the NIS provider.
Authenticate users from this provider
Select to enable the NIS provider to respond to authentication requests in addition to identity lookups. Otherwise, the NIS provider will only respond to identity lookups.
Home Directory Naming
Specifies a path to use as a template for naming home directories. The path must begin with /ifs and can contain one or more of the following expansion variables:
  • %U - user name
  • %D - domain name
  • %Z - zone name
  • %L - host name
  • %0, %1, %2 - first, second, and third character of the user name, respectively
Create home directories on first login
Select to create a home directory the first time a user logs in, if a home directory does not already exist for the user.
UNIX Shell
Specifies a path to the login shell for users who access the OneFS file system through SSH.
Host Name Query Settings
Expanded list that enables you to set options pertaining to host name queries to the NIS provider.
Resolve hosts from this provider
Select to enable the NIS provider to perform host name lookups.
Cancel
Cancels creation of the NIS provider and closes the dialog box.
Add NIS Provider
Adds the new NIS provider to the system.
NIS Providers
Table that displays a list of NIS providers currently in the system.
Select an action
Lists actions that can be applied to multiple NIS providers simultaneously.
Delete
Bulk action that deletes from the system each NIS provider whose check box has been selected.
Provider Name
Displays the name of the NIS provider.
Status
Displays whether the NIS provider is enabled or disabled in the system.
View details
Expands the table to display the current attributes of the NIS provider.
Edit
Enables you to make modifications to the NIS provider settings.
Hide details
Contracts the table to hide information about the NIS provider.
Delete
Deletes the NIS provider from the system.
Close
Contracts the table to hide information about the NIS provider.