What is it#Used to resolve NDS Tree-name to server referrals.
hosts.nds is a static lookup table used by Novell eDirectory applications to look up eDirectory partitions and servers.
MAN Page#NAME hosts.nds - Used to resolve tree names to server referrals. SYNOPSIS /etc/hosts.nds
NOTE: Every server in the same NDS Tree-name should have all servers and replicas listed in this file. On each server, the first enry in /etc/hosts.nds file should be for the server that you are editing the file.
hosts.nds is a static lookup table used by Novell* eDirectory* applica- tions to look up eDirectory partitions and servers. If a tree or server is not available in the file, then lookup is performed through Service Location Protocol (SLP). The hosts.nds file can be used to avoid SLP multicast delays when a SLP Directory Agent (DA) is not present in the network. Blank lines and lines starting with a pound sign (#) in the file are ignored. For each tree or server, a single line contains the following information: Tree/Server Name Tree names end with a trailing dot (.). Internet Address This can be a DNS name or IP address. Server Port Optional, appended with a colon (:) to the Internet address. SYNTAX <[partition name.]tree name>. <host-name/ip-addr>[:<port>] <server name> <dns-addr/ip-addr>[:<port] EXAMPLES # This is an example of a hosts.nds file: # Tree name Internet address CORPORATE. myserver.mycompany.com novell.CORPORATE. 126.96.36.199:524 # Server name Internet address CORPSERVER myserver.mycompany.com FILES /etc/hosts.nds NOTES Server names are required to be used for ndsrepair. ndsrepair uses the server's network IP addresses to repair network addresses. TROUBLESHOOTING The hosts.nds file must be manually edited. It is NOT updated by eDirectory servers. If the file contains outdated entries, eDirectory applications might encounter spurious lookup errors. SEE ALSO slpuasa.conf(4), slpuasa(1), legal(5)
The /etc/hosts.nds file is used by eDirectory to determine the "other" servers that are in the same NDS Tree-name.
Sample hosts.nds contents:#
# hosts.nds # # Novell Workaround for SLP (see TID 10056651) # # Syntax: <[partition name].tree name>. # <hostname|ip>[:port] <server name> # <dns-addr|ip-addr>[:port] # # Example entry: #TREENAME. 188.8.131.52 #SERVERNAME 184.108.40.206 B1LDAP-QA. 10.129.242.227 INO0L905 10.129.242.227 B1LDAP-QA. 10.129.242.221 INO0S702 10.129.242.221