Checklist: Deploying Server for NIS

Updated: March 1, 2012

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012

Server for NIS enables a Microsoft Windows–based Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) domain controller to administer UNIX Network Information Service (NIS) networks. Server for NIS allows you to migrate existing NIS maps from your UNIX-based NIS servers into the AD DS schema, and manage map data by using either command-line or Windows GUI-based tools.


Server for NIS can only be installed on an AD DS domain controller.

Step Reference

Read about deploying Server for NIS.

Overview of Server for NIS

Migrate Network Information Service (NIS) maps to AD DS.

Checklist: Migrating NIS Maps to Active Directory Domain Services

Set how often maps are propagated to subordinate (also known as slave) NIS servers.

Changing the frequency of map updates

Review and, if needed, add or remove UNIX subordinate servers in the domain.

Adding or removing UNIX subordinate servers

As needed, install Server for NIS on other domain controllers, which are automatically configured as subordinate servers.

Install Identity Management for UNIX Components

Install Password Synchronization on all other domain controllers. This ensures that when a user's password is changed, the password is updated across the domain. Server for NIS receives the updated passwords when the data is replicated to the domain controller.

Install Identity Management for UNIX Components

Additional references

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