SUMMARY: Solaris 2.6 Clients with 2.5.1 NIS+ Master

From: Gary Carr (
Date: Fri Mar 20 1998 - 10:37:21 CST

Many thanks to everyone who took the trouble to responded to my original post:
> Does anyone have any experience with running a Solaris 2.6 NIS+ client with
> a Solaris 2.5.1 NIS+ master server?
We won't be able to upgrade our master server to Solaris 2.6 for at least a
year, but I wanted to get some expierience with 2.6 by upgrading one or two
clients and trying to run with them in the meantime. It sounds like a
reasonable thing to do. I got eight replies, six no problems, and two small
problems, nothing that sounds like a real killer.

The six no problems responders were:

Roy G. Culley,
Peter L. Wargo,
Michel Pilon,
Willi Burmeister,
Matthiew Atkinson,
G. Dimitoglou,

Two responders had some problems using 2.6 clients with 2.5.1 NIS+ masters:

From: John Bradley <>
To: Gary Carr <>
Subject: Re: Solaris 2.6 NIS+ Clients
References: <>

The only problem I've had has been with that stupid nis_cachemgr.

When I installed patch 103612 that really messed things up with
the domainname. Solstice didn't work correctly with my
/etc/defaultdomain name.

On server I have to do the following to setup network password.
nisaddcred -p unix.<client> -P <client> des

On clients I had to run the following command to setup network password.

/usr/lib/nis/nisclient -i -h <server> -a <server.ip.address> -d

Whatch out for nisclient script, it might hose up your /etc/nsswitch.conf file
if not careful. We have modified ours.

Good luck,
From: "Peter L. Berghold" <>
To: "Gary Carr" <>
Subject: RE: Solaris 2.6 NIS+ Clients
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 1998 08:52:06 -0500
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The only problems I ran into were the following:

1) GCC broke on me. I went out to the site and downloaded
the newest version of GCC and installed it and the problem went away.

2) Netscape and Communicator worked rather "funkydellicly." Seems that the
font libraries on Solaris 2.6 are screwed up and have to be recompiled.

3) The screen saver locks you out of the system COMPLETELY if you allow the
blank screen screen saver to be used. This is a well known problem and of
course the work around is to not use the blank screen style screen saver.

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