Adopting roles in network information services

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NIS+ is one of the Network Information Services and is a widely used network protocol. It allows networked machines to have a common interface regardless of the workstation that a user logs into. NIS+ keeps all information in tables to support a common interface between networked machines. In most cases, the information is controlled in a centralized manner. Centralized management of NIS+ tables in large systems is a tedious and costly task. An appealing possibility is to use role and role hierarchy to facilitate decentralized administration of NIS+ tables which has not been previously recognized in the literature. This paper presents decentralized administration of NIS+ tables using the notion of role and shows how to simulate its hierarchy in NIS+ groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-104
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Computers and Applications
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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