The table objects identify table databases. The table object contains the scheme by which columns within the table can be identified and searched. Each table contains information about users, machines, or resources on the network. The normal set of 16 tables store information for:
hosts bootparams password cred
group netgroups mail aliases timezone
networks netmasks ethers services
protocols rpc auto.home auto.master
The group objects contain a list of members of the group. An NIS+ group is a collection of users and workstations identified by a single name. They are assigned access rights as a group. Essentially, this is used to set security.
All objects have a common set of properties. These are:
time to live values
Also, each object type specifies information describing the type.
Link objects point to the name of another object.