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Unix users don't have permission to NFS mounts due to NIS group build failure

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Applies to

  • ONTAP 9
  • NFS


  • Unix permissions are set to 775 on Unix security style volumes to limit write permissions by group ID (GID)
  • Lookup of Unix users fails to return all GIDs that user is a member of
cluster::> vserver services name-service getxxbyyy getgrlist -node -vserver  -username user
  • NIS is configured to lookup Unix groups IDs (GIDs)
  • The following error is logged in EMS
9/25/2020 15:57:36 node0011  ERROR Failed to build the NIS group database for Vserver vserver4. Error: RPC: Can't decode result: This error is usually observed when the NIS server response size is greater than 1024 bytes.


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