Configure an NIS provider

By default, when you configure an NIS provider it is automatically added to the System access zone.


  1. Click Access > Authentication Providers > NIS.
  2. Click Add a NIS provider.
  3. In the NIS Provider Name field, type a name for the provider.
  4. In the Servers field, type one or more valid IPv4 addresses, host names, or fully qualified domain names (FQDNs), separated by commas.
    Note Image

    If the Load balance servers option is not selected, servers are accessed in the order in which they are listed.

  5. In the NIS Domain field, type the domain name.
  6. Optional: Configure the Load balance servers setting:
    • To connect to an NIS server at random, select the check box.
    • To connect according to the order in which the NIS servers are listed in the Servers field, clear the check box.
  7. From the Groupnet list, select the groupnet the authentication provider will reference.
  8. Optional: Specify the Default Query Settings.
    1. In the Search Timeout field, specifies the number of seconds after which to stop retrying and fail a search. The default value is 20.
    2. In the Retry Frequency field, specify the timeout period in seconds after which a request will be retried. The default value is 5.
  9. Optional: Specify the User Query Settings.
    1. Select the Authenticate users from this provider check box to allow the provider to respond to authentication requests.
    2. Type a path in the Home Directory Naming field to use as a template for naming home directories. The path must begin with /ifs and can contain expansion variables, such as %U, which expand to generate the home directory path for the user. For more information, see the Home directories section.
    3. Select the Create home directories on first login check box to specify whether to create a home directory the first time a user logs in, if a home directory does not already exist for the user.
    4. Select a path from the UNIX Shell list to specify the path to the user's login shell for users who access the file system through SSH.
  10. Optional: Click Host Name Query Settings and then configure the Resolve hosts from this provider setting:
    • To enable host resolution, select the check box.
    • To disable host resolution, clear the check box.
  11. Click Add NIS provider.