Managing NFS and NIS

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ISBN-13: 9781565925106
Edition: 2nd 2001
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List price: $54.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/11/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.19" long x 1.03" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

A modern computer system that's not part of a network is even more of an anomaly today than it was when we published the first edition of this book in 1991. But however widespread networks have become, managing a network and getting it to perform well can still be a problem. "Managing NFS and NIS, in a new edition based on Solaris 8, is a guide to two tools that are absolutely essential to distributed computing environments: the Network Filesystem (NFS) and the Network Information System (formerly called the "yellow pages" or YP). The Network Filesystem, developed by Sun Microsystems, is fundamental to most Unix networks. It lets systems ranging from PCs and Unix workstations to large mainframes access each other's files transparently, and is the standard method for sharing files between different computer systems. As popular as NFS is, it's a "black box" for most users and administrators. Updated for NFS Version 3, "Managing NFS and NIS offers detailed access to what's inside, including: How to plan, set up, and debug an NFS network Using the NFS automounter Diskless workstations PC/NFS A new transport protocol for NFS (TCP/IP) New security options (IPSec and Kerberos V5) Diagnostic tools and utilities NFS client and server tuning NFS isn't really complete without its companion, NIS, a distributed database service for managing the most important administrative files, such as the passwd file and the hosts file. NIS centralizes administration of commonly replicated files, allowing a single change to the database rather than requiring changes on every system on the network. If you are managing a network of Unix systems, or are thinking ofsetting up a Unix network, you can't afford to overlook this book.

Mike Eisler graduated from the University of Central Florida with a master's degree in computer science in 1985. His first exposure to NFS and NIS came while working for Lachman Associates, Inc., where he was responsible for porting NFS and NIS to System V platforms. He later joined Sun Microsystems, Inc., responsible for projects such as NFS server performance, NFS/TCP, WebNFS, NFS secured with Kerberos V5, NFS Version 4, and JavaCard security. Mike has authored or coauthored several Request For Comments documents for the Internet Engineering Task Force, relating to NFS and security. He is currently a Technical Director at Network Appliance, Inc.

Ricardo Labiaga is a staff engineer at Sun Microsystems, Inc., where he concentrates on networking and wireless technologies. Ricardo spent 8 years in the Solaris NFS group at Sun, where he worked on a variety of development projects with a primary focus on automounting and the NFS server. Ricardo is responsible for implementing significant functionality and performance enhancements to the automounter, as well as leading the NFS Server Logging design team. He holds a master of science degree in computer engineering from The University of Texas at El Paso.

is a long time user of the Unix operating system. He has acted as a Unix consultant, courseware developer, and instructor. He is one of the originating authors of Unix Power Tools and the author of Learning the Unix Operating System by O'Reilly.

Preface
Networking Fundamentals
Networking overview
Physical and data link layers
Network layer
Transport layer
The session and presentation layers
Introduction to Directory Services
Purpose of directory services
Brief survey of common directory services
Name service switch
Which directory service to use
Network Information Service Operation
Masters, slaves, and clients
Basics of NIS management
Files managed under NIS
Trace of a key match
System Management Using NIS
NIS network design
Managing map files
Advanced NIS server administration
Managing multiple domains
Living with Multiple Directory Servers
Domain name servers
Implementation
Fully qualified and unqualified hostnames
Centralized versus distributed management
Migrating from NIS to DNS for host naming
What next?
System Administration Using the Network File System
Setting up NFS
Exporting filesystems
Mounting filesystems
Symbolic links
Replication
Naming schemes
Network File System Design and Operation
Virtual filesystems and virtual nodes
NFS protocol and implementation
NFS components
Caching
File locking
NFS futures
Diskless Clients
NFS support for diskless clients
Setting up a diskless client
Diskless client boot process
Managing client swap space
Changing a client's name
Troubleshooting
Configuration options
Brief introduction to JumpStart administration
Client/server ratios
The Automounter
Automounter maps
Invocation and the master map
Integration with NIS
Key and variable substitutions
Advanced map tricks
Side effects
PC/NFS Clients
PC/NFS today
Limitations of PC/NFS
Configuring PC/NFS
Common PC/NFS usage issues
Printer services
File Locking
What is file locking?
NFS and file locking
Troubleshooting locking problems
Network Security
User-oriented network security
How secure are NIS and NFS?
Password and NIS security
NFS security
Stronger security for NFS
Viruses
Network Diagnostic and Administrative Tools
Broadcast addresses
MAC and IP layer tools
Remote procedure call tools
NIS tools
Network analyzers
NFS Diagnostic Tools
NFS administration tools
NFS statistics
Snoop
Publicly available diagnostics
Version 2 and Version 3 differences
NFS server logging
Time synchronization
Debugging Network Problems
Duplicate ARP replies
Renegade NIS server
Boot parameter confusion
Incorrect directory content caching
Incorrect mount point permissions
Asynchronous NFS error messages
Server-Side Performance Tuning
Characterization of NFS behavior
Measuring performance
Benchmarking
Identifying NFS performance bottlenecks
Server tuning
Network Performance Analysis
Network congestion and network interfaces
Network partitioning hardware
Network infrastructure
Impact of partitioning
Protocol filtering
Client-Side Performance Tuning
Slow server compensation
Soft mount issues
Adjusting for network reliability problems
NFS over wide-area networks
NFS async thread tuning
Attribute caching
Mount point constructions
Stale filehandles
IP Packet Routing
NFS Problem Diagnosis
Tunable Parameters
Index

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