so to start the server is not the problem nor is physical connectivity with this computer. (i have it working with other computers and i'm able to ssh into this one from them)
i don't understand where system-config-authentication stores it's .conf file
i don't understand how to turn on broadcast for NIS client
i stored the server in system-config-authentication and tried leaving server option blank.. failed.
then i changed server option to "broadcast" (w/out quotes)... failed.
so i decided to edit the config for NIS client manually.
i edited /etc/yp.conf with the correct syntax:
domain xxx broadcast
where xxx is my domain name; rebooted... failed.
Then i ran system-config-authentication and turns out that changes /etc/yp.conf doesn't even show up! are there 2 diff. conf. files ?? how can i use the broadcast option.