Helpful Tips for Multiple Cell Use

If you have multiple Unix and Linux computers but are not using a centralized scheme to manage UIDs and GIDs, it is likely that each computer has unique UID-GID mappings. You may also have more than one centralized IMS, such as multiple NIS domains. You can use multiple cells to represent the UID-GID associations that the NIS domain provided, allowing those Unix and Linux users to continue to use their existing UID-GID information while using Active Directory credentials.

When using multiple cells, it can be helpful to identify what Unix and Linux objects each cell represents. For example:

  • Individual Unix or Linux computers
  • A single NIS domain
  • Multiple NIS domains (which require multiple cells)