CHAPTER 14 Administration Tool & Solstice Adminsuite
Members of the sysadmin group (gid 14) are allowed to modify the databases, both locally and remotely (pre SunOS 5.5), if they are also a member of the sysadmin group on the remote system. Members can create, delete, and modify the databases, while non-members have read-only permission on the databases. So, in general, if you are a member of the sysadmin group, you can run admintool under your own user id, and are not required to run it as root. NIS+ has it's own method of security, so in addition to being a member of the sysadmin group one needs to have the appropriate permissions on the NIS+ tables to be changed. The sysadmin group, by default, does not exist on the system. You will need to create this group first if you want to use it.
With SunOS 5.5 the remote database functions have been relegated to Solstice Adminsuite, and Admintool only functions on local databases.