Making Migration Worthwhile June 4, 2012,
Volume 172, Issue 1
Users are still in the throes of migrating from earlier versions of the Solaris OS to Solaris 11. They will find a procedure for migrating from older Oracle Solaris releases ... to the Service Management Facility in Oracle Solaris 11 by Suzanne Zorn a useful tool. Specifically, Zorn describes how to migrate a service controlled via legacy /etc/rc* scripts written for older Oracle Solaris releases or other UNIX environments to the Service Management Facility (SMF) in Oracle Solaris 11. While, as Zorn writes, Oracle Solaris 11 continues to allow legacy /etc/rc* scripts to start and stop its services, not employing SMF deprives users of its facility for easier monitoring and managing of system services -- including providing failure detection, dependency checking, and automatic restart.