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Old 02-22-2011, 09:23 AM   #1
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NFS vs NIS




Hi Folks..

I'm slight confused about NIS Server and NFS Server.....

Can u people tell me the differences b/w NIS server and NFS server
 
Old 02-22-2011, 09:36 AM   #2
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NIS = Network Information Service
This server consolidates information of various types. A typical example is to coordinate user and group information across several computers. A user can log into one of any number of computers and still have the same user ID, group memberships, etc. as long as the computer can communicate with the NIS server.

NFS = Network File System
An NFS server is more or less the equivalent of a "share" in the Windows environment. One or more computers (servers) can allow other computers (clients) to access the hard drives/storage located on the server through the network. From the client computers' perspective, it's as if the storage is part of the local machine.
 
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:14 AM   #3
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NIS we can say like 'ROAMING PROFILE' in WINDOWS Environment
 
Old 02-22-2011, 10:53 AM   #4
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Only partly.

For user authentication: yes.

However, NIS does not handle user data (such as documents or application settings/configuration). That information must be handled some other way.

A server could use NFS to share the user's home directory (which contains the user's personal data and settings), but each workstation must be connected to the NFS server and mount the home directory. Even so, problems can occur if the workstations are not synchronized with the matching versions of all software. If one workstation uses a different version of software than the other workstations, the users' settings can become corrupted.

There is no single solution for roaming profiles in Linux. At least, none that I am aware of.
 
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