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Using Solaris 2.6 and NIS (not NIS+) I would like to know how to enforce password aging through the CDE login on x86 clients.
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I don't believe you can with NIS, but you can check the Answerbook to be sure. The information needed for password aging is kept in the /etc/shadow file, which isn't used in a NIS environment.
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Is it possible in a NIS + environment or maybe Solaris 8 can do this?
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It is can be done in an NIS+ environment because the shadow file is an NIS+ table. That allows the client machines to see that the lifetime of the password has been exceeded and they'll force a change or not allow further logins if the password isn't changed.

With NIS+, you can sort of "have your cake and eat it to", so to speak. An NIS+ server can export NIS maps for clients that can't use NIS+ (but of course those clients won't know about expiring passwords). I find that it's actually easier to manage an NIS environment on Solaris with an NIS+ server, even if there otherwise aren't any NIS+ clients. The replica mechanism works better and there are built-in tools for backing up the NIS+ namespace in a manner that is suitable for re-creating the NIS+ root master.
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Although it's not the answer I was hoping for I will test jlevie's solution out.  Thankyou
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