Media praise for Managing NFS and NIS

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"This is one of the few places I have seen all the spells and incantations necessary to manage NFS and NIS written down in one place, and in terms that the average administrator can understand.... I have probably used it more in the last six months than any other reference book I have." --Steve Hanson, UNIX User, March 1992

"At many installations, the Network Filesystem (NFS) is the "glue" that holds together large, diverse collections of computers. However, NFS is usually a 'black box' for most users and administrators. This book shows you what's in the box." --IEEE Network Magazine

"My personal favorite reference for NFS networking is Managing NFS and NIS.... This remarkable book is filled with practical information on every facet of networking with NFS." --Mike Tarrani, San Diego Computer Journal, April 1994

"This is one of the most useful books I have read in several years as a system administrator. The manuals provided by computer manufacturers will usually provide the bare minimum of information necessary to administrate the networking aspects of a UNIX system, but learning anything beyond this is usually system administrator folk lore or black art. This is one of the few places I have seen all the spells and incantations necessary to manage NFS and NIS written down in one place, and in terms that the average administrator can understand.

"Starting with basic networking fundamentals, this book quickly progresses through explaining the NIS (formerly Yellow Pages) system, how to manage systems using NIS, and how to build simple applications with NIS. The balance of the book covers administration of NFS, and how to debug various networking problems.

"I found the sections on debugging and network tuning to be particu- larly helpful, as these are topics that are usually given short shrift in manufacturers' documentation. I have used this book a number of times to help me debug problems with NFS and to improve the performance of the systems I administrate. I have probably used it more in the last six months than any other reference book I have.

"I recommend this book highly, and believe it is one of the must- have system administrator manuals. Four stars."

--Steve Hanson, UNIX User, March 1992


"NFS (Network File System) provides, for UNIX systems and those connected to them, very basic file and print server functions. NIS (Network Information Services, formerly called the 'Yellow Pages'-- a name which remains in the initial 'yp' of most of the related programs) is an extension and related system handling files which deal with system and user information. NIS tells NFS about systems and connections, and can also provide general information on users. Originally developed by Sun Microsystems, both applications are now widely licensed, and provide fundamental sharing of resources on top of TCP/IP, in a fashion similar to microcomputer network operating systems. "The book provides information on the fundamentals of networking, and then covers the operation, management and applications of NIS. NFS administration and operation complete the basics. Specialized topics such as diskless clients, network security and mail services are covered, as are diagnostic tools, debugging problems, performance tuning, the Automounter and PC/NFS.

--Copyright Rob Slade 1994, Author of Robert Slade's Guide to Computer Viruses