What is the status of NIS+ for the Solaris 9 Operating System?
NIS+ is a mature and stable naming service. Sun's customers have indicated a preference for using IETF standards for naming services based on Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP). Sun is indicating formally that there are plans for NIS+ to be removed sometime after the Solaris 9 release, however, removal will not occur in the next release of Solaris. As of January, 2004, Sun has decided to
include all NIS+ features in the next major release of Solaris.
Does this mean that customers will no longer be able to use NIS+?
No. Customers can continue to use NIS+ in the Solaris 9 Operating System. NIS+ will be included in all the Solaris 9 updates. Customers are still encouraged to migrate to using Native LDAP authentication via the pam_ldap(5) module and the Sun Java System Directory Server v5.1, which is integrated in the Solaris 9 Operating System. The Directory Server incorporates the latest technology and is based on LDAP standards. Additionally, Solaris 9 includes enhancements to the NIS+ service that allow customers to migrate their data to an LDAP compatible server while continuing to offer NIS+ servers to clients.
Will customers still be able to obtain support for NIS+ in the Solaris 9 release?
Customers who have support contracts will continue to get support through normal channels. Support typically continues to be available for 5 years from the actual removal of the feature. NIS+ feature removal has not occurred and will not occur in the Solaris 10 OS. Thus, support for NIS+ continues through the Solaris 10 OS lifetime, subject to future changes.
Complete migrations from one naming service to another take time and planning. By announcing the EOF well in advance of the actual removal of NIS+, Sun is giving customers time to plan and the tools to execute their migrations. The EOF announcement means that there will be no more feature enhancements to NIS+ and that the functionality may be removed in a future update. As of January, 2004, Sun has decided to
include all NIS+ features in the next major release of Solaris. Tools to facilitate migration from NIS+ to LDAP are available as part of the Solaris 9 Operating System.
Through products and services Sun is enabling customers to make the transition to LDAP based naming services. NIS remains a supported naming service in Solaris 9. For customers wanting to migrate to Native LDAP, the NIS service in Solaris 9 12/03 includes functionality to migrate data to an LDAP compatible server.