Application Note

Using the DirectControl NIS Service

An Active Directory-Based NIS Service that Enables Secure Distribution of NIS Maps

The Centrify DirectControl NIS Service enables UNIX admins to securely store, distribute, and deploy NIS maps through Active Directory, ensuring that all systems within a Zone share a common set of maps. The DirectControl NIS Service is fully integrated with the adclient daemon and vectors all NIS-related requests to Active Directory via DirectControl. The NIS service can fulfill requests both locally and from other machines on the network. For example, a network attached storage (NAS) device may be "hardwired" to only work with NIS. By configuring the NAS device to use the DirectControl NIS Service, this device can now use Active Directory as its central server for validating users. In this way, systems that need specific NIS functionality, such as automount map information, can continue to function but now are serviced through the centralized Active Directory system rather than a separate NIS service infrastructure.

Supported Platforms

Centrify-Enabled NIS Service Supported Operating Systems

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Operating System Version 32-bit 64-bit
CentOS Linux
4.4 x86 Supported
4.4 x86_64 Supported
4.6 x86 Supported
4.6 x86_64 Supported
4.7 x86 Supported
4.7 x86_64 Supported
4.8 x86 Supported
4.8 x86_64 Supported
4.9 x86 Supported
4.9 x86_64 Supported
5.0 x86 Supported
5.0 x86_64 Supported
5.1 x86 Supported
5.1 x86_64 Supported
5.2 x86 Supported
5.2 x86_64 Supported
5.3 x86 Supported
5.3 x86_64 Supported
5.4 x86 Supported
5.4 x86_64 Supported
5.5 x86 Supported
5.5 x86_64 Supported
5.6 x86 Supported
5.6 x86_64 Supported
5.7 x86 Supported
5.7 x86_64 Supported
5.8 x86 Supported
5.8 x86_64 Supported
5.9 x86 Supported
5.9 x86_64 Supported
5.10 x86 Supported
5.10 x86_64 Supported
6.0 x86 Supported
6.0 x86_64 Supported
6.1 x86 Supported
6.1 x86_64 Supported
6.2 x86 Supported
6.2 x86_64 Supported
6.3 x86 Supported
6.3 x86_64 Supported
6.4 x86 Supported
6.4 x86_64 Supported
6.5 x86 Supported
6.5 x86_64 Supported
7.0 x86_64 Supported - Recent Addition
Citrix XenServer
4 Supported
4.1 Supported
5 Supported
5.5 Supported
5.6 Supported
6 Supported
Debian Linux
5.0 x86 Supported
5.0 x86_64 Supported
6.0 x86 Supported
6.0 x86_64 Supported
7.0 x86 Supported
7.0 x86_64 Supported
7.1 x86 Supported
7.1 x86_64 Supported
7.2 x86 Supported
7.2 x86_64 Supported
7.3 x86 Supported
7.3 x86_64 Supported
7.4 x86 Supported
7.4 x86_64 Supported
7.5 x86 Supported - Recent Addition
7.5 x86_64 Supported - Recent Addition
7.6 x86 Supported - Recent Addition
7.6 x86_64 Supported - Recent Addition
Hewlett Packard HP-UX
11.11 PA-RISC Supported Supported
IBM AIX
5.1 Supported Supported
5.2 Supported Supported
5.3 Supported Supported
6.1 Supported
7.1 Supported
VIOS 1.x Supported
VIOS 2.x Supported
Linux Mint
12 x86 Supported
12 x86_64 Supported
13 x86 Supported
13 x86_64 Supported
14 x86 Supported
14 x86_64 Supported
15 x86 Supported
15 x86_64 Supported
16 x86 Supported
16 x86_64 Supported
17 x86 Supported - Recent Addition
17 x86_64 Supported - Recent Addition
Debian Edition 201204 x86 Supported
Debian Edition 201204 x86_64 Supported
Debian Edition 201303 x86 Supported
Debian Edition 201303 x86_64 Supported
Debian Edition 201403 x86 Supported - Recent Addition
Debian Edition 201403 x86_64 Supported - Recent Addition
Mandriva Linux
One 2009 Supported
One 2009.1 Supported
One 2010 Supported
One 2010.1 Supported
One 2010.2 Supported
One 2011 Supported
Ent. Server 5 x86 Supported
Ent. Server 5 x86_64 Supported
Ent. Server 5.2 x86 Supported
Ent. Server 5.2 x86_64 Supported
OpenSUSE Linux
11.0 x86 Supported
11.0 x86_64 Supported
11.1 x86 Supported
11.1 x86_64 Supported
11.2 x86 Supported
11.2 x86_64 Supported
11.3 x86 Supported
11.3 x86_64 Supported
11.4 x86 Supported
11.4 x86_64 Supported
12.1 x86 Supported
12.1 x86_64 Supported
12.2 x86 Supported
12.2 x86_64 Supported
12.3 x86 Supported
12.3 x86_64 Supported
Oracle Enterprise Linux
4.0 x86 Supported
4.0 x86_64 Supported
5.x x86 Supported
5.x x86_64 Supported
6.x x86 Supported
6.x x86_64 Supported
7.x x86_64 Supported - Recent Addition
Oracle Solaris
8 SPARC Supported
9 SPARC Supported
9 x86 Supported
10 SPARC Supported
10 x86 Supported
10 x86_64 Supported
11 Express SPARC Supported
11 x86 Supported
11 SPARC Supported
11 x86_64 Supported
11.1 SPARC Supported
11.1 x86_64 Supported
Red Hat Enterprise Linux
AS/ES/WS 3.0 x86 Supported
AS/ES/WS 3.0 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 3.0 PPC Supported Supported
AS/ES/WS 4.0 x86 Supported
AS/ES/WS 4.0 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 4.0 PPC Supported Supported
AS/ES/WS 4.0 Itanium Supported
AS/ES/WS 4.8 x86 Supported
AS/ES/WS 4.8 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 4.8 PPC Supported Supported
AS/ES/WS 4.8 Itanium Supported
AS/ES/WS 4.9 x86 Supported
AS/ES/WS 4.9 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 4.9 PPC Supported Supported
AS/ES/WS 4.9 Itanium Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.0 x86 Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.0 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.0 PPC Supported Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.0 Itanium Supported
Desktop 5.1 x86 Supported
Desktop 5.1 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.1 x86 Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.1 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.1 PPC Supported Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.1 Itanium Supported
Desktop 5.2 x86 Supported
Desktop 5.2 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.2 x86 Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.2 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.2 PPC Supported Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.2 Itanium Supported
Desktop 5.3 x86 Supported
Desktop 5.3 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.3 x86 Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.3 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.3 PPC Supported Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.3 Itanium Supported
Desktop 5.4 x86 Supported
Desktop 5.4 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.4 x86 Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.4 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.4 PPC Supported Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.4 Itanium Supported
Desktop 5.5 x86 Supported
Desktop 5.5 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.5 x86 Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.5 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.5 PPC Supported Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.5 Itanium Supported
Desktop 5.6 x86 Supported
Desktop 5.6 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.6 x86 Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.6 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.6 PPC Supported Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.6 Itanium Supported
Desktop 5.7 x86 Supported
Desktop 5.7 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.7 x86 Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.7 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.7 PPC Supported Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.7 Itanium Supported
Desktop 5.8 x86 Supported
Desktop 5.8 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.8 x86 Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.8 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.8 PPC Supported Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.8 Itanium Supported
Desktop 5.9 x86 Supported
Desktop 5.9 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.9 x86 Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.9 x86_64 Supported
Desktop 5.10 x86 Supported
Desktop 5.10 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.10 x86 Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.10 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.10 PPC Supported Supported
AS/ES/WS 5.10 Itanium Supported
Desktop 6.0 x86 Supported
Desktop 6.0 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 6.0 x86 Supported
AS/ES/WS 6.0 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 6.0 PPC Supported Supported
Desktop 6.1 x86 Supported
Desktop 6.1 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 6.1 x86 Supported
AS/ES/WS 6.1 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 6.1 PPC Supported Supported
Desktop 6.2 x86 Supported
Desktop 6.2 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 6.2 x86 Supported
AS/ES/WS 6.2 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 6.2 PPC Supported Supported
Desktop 6.3 x86 Supported
Desktop 6.3 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 6.3 x86 Supported
AS/ES/WS 6.3 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 6.3 PPC Supported Supported
Desktop 6.4 x86 Supported
Desktop 6.4 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 6.4 x86 Supported
AS/ES/WS 6.4 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 6.4 PPC Supported Supported
Desktop 6.5 x86 Supported
Desktop 6.5 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 6.5 x86 Supported
AS/ES/WS 6.5 x86_64 Supported
AS/ES/WS 6.5 PPC Supported Supported
Desktop 7.0 x86_64 Supported - Recent Addition
AS/ES/WS 7.0 x86_64 Supported - Recent Addition
Red Hat Fedora
9 x86 Supported
9 x86_64 Supported
10 x86 Supported
10 x86_64 Supported
11 x86 Supported
11 x86_64 Supported
12 x86 Supported
12 x86_64 Supported
13 x86 Supported
13 x86_64 Supported
14 x86 Supported
14 x86_64 Supported
15 x86 Supported
15 x86_64 Supported
16 x86 Supported
16 x86_64 Supported
17 x86 Supported
17 x86_64 Supported
18 x86 Supported
18 x86_64 Supported
19 x86 Supported
19 x86_64 Supported
20 x86 Supported
20 x86_64 Supported
Scientific Linux
4.4 x86 Supported
4.4 x86_64 Supported
4.5 x86 Supported
4.5 x86_64 Supported
4.6 x86 Supported
4.6 x86_64 Supported
4.7 x86 Supported
4.7 x86_64 Supported
4.8 x86 Supported
4.8 x86_64 Supported
4.9 x86 Supported
4.9 x86_64 Supported
5.0 x86 Supported
5.0 x86_64 Supported
5.1 x86 Supported
5.1 x86_64 Supported
5.2 x86 Supported
5.2 x86_64 Supported
5.3 x86 Supported
5.3 x86_64 Supported
5.4 x86 Supported
5.4 x86_64 Supported
5.5 x86 Supported
5.5 x86_64 Supported
5.6 x86 Supported
5.6 x86_64 Supported
5.7 x86 Supported
5.7 x86_64 Supported
5.8 x86 Supported
5.8 x86_64 Supported
5.9 x86 Supported
5.9 x86_64 Supported
5.10 x86 Supported
5.10 x86_64 Supported
6.0 x86 Supported
6.0 x86_64 Supported
6.1 x86 Supported
6.1 x86_64 Supported
6.2 x86 Supported
6.2 x86_64 Supported
6.3 x86 Supported
6.3 x86_64 Supported
6.4 x86 Supported
6.4 x86_64 Supported
6.5 x86 Supported
6.5 x86_64 Supported
SUSE Enterprise Linux
Ent. Server 8.0 x86 Supported
Ent. Server 9.0 x86 Supported
Ent. Server 9.0 x86_64 Supported
Ent. Server 9.0 PPC Supported Supported
Ent. Server 9.0 Itanium Supported
Ent. Desktop 10.0 x86 Supported
Ent. Server 10.0 x86 Supported
Ent. Server 10.0 x86_64 Supported
Ent. Server 10.0 PPC Supported Supported
Ent. Server 10.0 Itanium Supported
Ent. Desktop 11.0 x86 Supported
Ent. Desktop 11.0 x86_64 Supported
Ent. Server 11.0 x86 Supported
Ent. Server 11.0 x86_64 Supported
Ent. Server 11.0 PPC Supported Supported
Ent. Server 11.0 Itanium Supported
Ubuntu Linux
Desktop 6.06 LTS x86 Supported
Desktop 6.06 LTS x86_64 Supported
Server 6.06 LTS x86 Supported
Server 6.06 LTS x86_64 Supported
Desktop 8.04 LTS x86 Supported
Desktop 8.04 LTS x86_64 Supported
Server 8.04 LTS x86 Supported
Server 8.04 LTS x86_64 Supported
Desktop 8.10 x86 Supported
Desktop 8.10 x86_64 Supported
Server 8.10 x86 Supported
Server 8.10 x86_64 Supported
Desktop 9.04 x86 Supported
Desktop 9.04 x86_64 Supported
Server 9.04 x86 Supported
Server 9.04 x86_64 Supported
Desktop 9.10 x86 Supported
Desktop 9.10 x86_64 Supported
Server 9.10 x86 Supported
Server 9.10 x86_64 Supported
Desktop 10.04 LTS x86 Supported
Desktop 10.04 LTS x86_64 Supported
Server 10.04 LTS x86 Supported
Server 10.04 LTS x86_64 Supported
Desktop 10.10 x86 Supported
Desktop 10.10 x86_64 Supported
Server 10.10 x86 Supported
Server 10.10 x86_64 Supported
Desktop 11.04 x86 Supported
Desktop 11.04 x86_64 Supported
Server 11.04 x86 Supported
Server 11.04 x86_64 Supported
Desktop 11.10 x86 Supported
Desktop 11.10 x86_64 Supported
Server 11.10 x86 Supported
Server 11.10 x86_64 Supported
Desktop 12.04 LTS x86 Supported
Desktop 12.04 LTS x86_64 Supported
Server 12.04 LTS x86 Supported
Server 12.04 LTS x86_64 Supported
Desktop 12.10 x86 Supported
Desktop 12.10 x86_64 Supported
Server 12.10 x86 Supported
Server 12.10 x86_64 Supported
Desktop 13.04 x86 Supported
Desktop 13.04 x86_64 Supported
Server 13.04 x86 Supported
Server 13.04 x86_64 Supported
Desktop 13.10 x86 Supported
Desktop 13.10 x86_64 Supported
Server 13.10 x86 Supported
Server 13.10 x86_64 Supported
Desktop 14.04 LTS x86 Supported - Recent Addition
Desktop 14.04 LTS x86_64 Supported - Recent Addition
Server 14.04 LTS x86 Supported - Recent Addition
Server 14.04 LTS x86_64 Supported - Recent Addition
Operating System Version 32-bit 64-bit