Just a few points that occur to me
1. normally we use the word 'level' to refer to init levels (0-6) and start number for individual scripts in a given init level dir eg rc3.d
2. given that 27 < 99, that should work; it sounds like you've got a problem in your NIS setup or maybe firewall.
3. generally /var/adm/messages => Solaris, /var/log/messages => Linux.
Can you clarify exactly which Unix/Linux we are talking about (inc version/release num)