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Set up NIS Services - Exercise

NIS Client-side Configuration

Objective: Configure several NIS clients.
This exercise uses a Java applet to simulate a UNIX command line and allows you to practice entering commands. If you do not have Java active in your browser or are behind a firewall that does not allow Java applets, you will not be able to complete this exercise. If you do not see the applet below, click Submit to review the solution to the exercise and continue with the course.

Exercise scoring

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In this exercise, you will configure NIS clients on a simulated Linux system. The process and commands are essentially the same for other flavors of UNIX. Start the simulation below and work through the situation presented.
  1. You are logged on as root in a client named You want to make it an NIS client. Start the ypbind process by typing /usr/sbin/ypbind
  2. Start ypbind
  3. /usr/sbin/ypbind
  4. The command you have entered is incorrect. Please check the instructions and try again.
  5. Verify that the process is running by typing ps aux | grep ypbind (On Solaris and AIX, the command is ps -ef | grep ypbind ).
  6. Verify ypbind is running
  7. ps aux | grep ypbind
  8. Type ps aux | grep ypbind