Nis maps not updating


20-Apr-2016 22:25

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First, we need to set our NIS Gateway with a hostname and with a IP which permit to the NIS Gateway to communicate with the Active Directory world.

Here, we consider that the basic settings regarding the Centrify Zones are already done (just refer to the Centrify Quick Start Guide to do it).

), Microsoft announced it will not implement some Unix Services in Windows 2016 and Active Directory 2016 anymore, including NIS Services.

Through my different projects, I had meet a lot of organizations which are using mixt environment with Windows and Unix boxes and I can say the NIS usage is even nowadays very widespread.

1/ Hostname settings In our example, the hostname of the NIS Gateway will be: nisserver01local 2/ SSH checking We will check that the SSH server service is present on the Linux box, we will need it to transfer the packages for the Centrify agent and the packages for the Centrify NIS Gateway on the NIS Server.

In this tutorial, we will use the NIS Gateway provided by Centrify and get a magic trick to improve security without abandon the NIS history.

Inn this tutorial, we will use a Fedora 23 workstation as a NIS Gateway and Fedora 23 as a NIS client, in my example the Active Directory is a Windows 2012R2 one, but it will work with various flavors of Linux/Unix and with different versions of Active Directory.

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For sure, it is very bad to use NIS authentication and NIS authorizations, it is really better to use Kerberos ad LDAP instead.I will not go in the details now, but it is true that NIS is not something secured, however, the fact to totally eliminate the NIS Services is impossible for a lot of organizations.These organizations have a « IT history », from years, and a lot of very important information still remain in the NIS maps (automount, etc.) So, the goal is to use Kerberos/LDAP for authentication/authorization services and a NIS Gateway service which expose to NIS client the maps NIS which are stored in Active Directory.Using this way, we get the best of the two worlds, we can secure the authentication with Kerberos and the organization is able to continue to use the NIS maps for the legacy needs.

English is not my native language, so sorry in advance if you will find some ‘bugs’ in the text.

As I explained in one of my last post (sorry again in French !



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